January 19, 2022

New Article: “The Digitization of Literary Reading: Contributions From Empirical Research”

“The Digitization of Literary Reading: Contributions From Empirical Research” is a recently published article in ORBIS Litterarum by Anne Mangen, a well-known researcher and a member of the Universitetet Stavanger in Norway.

Mangen’s Research Area (in Her Own Words)

..the impact of digitization on cognitive and experiential aspects of reading, comparing the reading of different kinds of texts on various reading devices (print; e-readers; tablets; computers), and measuring the effect of technical and material affordances of the interface on, e.g., reading comprehension or narrative engagement.”

The version of record of “The Digitization of Literary Reading: Contributions From Empirical Research” was posted last week* to the Orbis Litterarum web site (and elsewhere).

If you don’t have access to the version of record a preprint version of the 23 page article is available (free) via Research Gate and Academia.edu.


With the growing popularity of e-readers such as Kindle, literary reading is increasingly digitized. The transition from paper-based to screen-based literature invites theoretical and empirical reconsiderations of a number of basic research questions which might at first glance seem trivial: does it make a difference for aspects of the literary reading experience if the text is read on a screen-based device rather than on paper? Findings from a recent experiment suggest that affordances of surf tablets such as iPad might negatively affect emotional aspects of reading. Referring to empirical research on emotional aspects of literary reading, the article aims to demonstrate the usefulness of more interdisciplinary approaches in studies of the literary reading experience.

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* Note: Version of Record: Orbis Litterarum, Volume 71, Issue 3. Made available online May 11, 2016.

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