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The experience of student use of eBooks on mobile devices

Stone, Graham (2015) The experience of student use of eBooks on mobile devices. In: Back to the future: NAG Conference 2015, 14-15 September 2015, York. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In summer 2014 the Northern Collaboration Content Special Interest Group began an investigation into the student experience of eBooks on mobile devices. The idea arose from a number of projects and workshops that had highlighted issues with the users’ experience of eBooks on mobile devices, and accessibility for users with disabilities, it had also long been an area of student complaint. The research focussed on eBooks purchased from the five main aggregators: Askew and Holts (VLeBooks), Coutts (MyiLibrary), Dawson (DawsonERA), EBL, and Ebrary. eBooks bought directly from publishers were not included. Tests were conducted using eBooks from each aggregator’s platform on a PC, iPad Air, ASUS Transformer Android tablet, Samsung Galaxy Android tablet and Kindle Fire. The group had a number of assumptions about student usage and where complaints were coming from, however, the results were more of a surprise. It is hoped that this paper will establish a constructive dialogue between libraries, suppliers and software partners in order to facilitate a better student experience in the future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Schools: Computing and Library Services
Computing and Library Services > Centre for Innovation in Information Services
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 21:40
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2015 01:38
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/25379

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