Digital reading: An overview
LIU Ziming; Liu Ziming (
Source PublicationChinese Journal of Library and Information Science

Purpose: Digital reading is an important research topic in contemporary information science research. This paper aims to provide a snapshot of major studies on digital reading over the past few years.

Design/methodology/approach: This paper begins by introducing the background in digital reading, then outlines major research findings.

Findings: The paper demonstrates the growth of interest in information science and other disciplines in digital reading behavior. Five areas are highlighted: Digital reading behavior, print vs. digital, preference for reading medium, multi-tasking and learning, and technological advancement and traditional attachment.

Research limitations: Only major studies in the North American and European countries are covered.

Practical implications:  Understanding reading behavior in the digital environment would help develop more effective reading devices and empower readers in the online environment.

Originality/value: The paper represents a first attempt to compare, evaluate, and synthesize recent studies on digital reading. Implications for the changes in reading behavior are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.


KeywordReading Behavior User Studies
Subject Area编辑出版
Document Type期刊论文
CollectionJournal of Data and Information Science_Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science-2012
Corresponding AuthorLiu Ziming (
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LIU Ziming,Liu Ziming . Digital reading: An overview[J]. Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,2012,5(1):85-94.
APA LIU Ziming,&Liu Ziming .(2012).Digital reading: An overview.Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,5(1),85-94.
MLA LIU Ziming,et al."Digital reading: An overview".Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science 5.1(2012):85-94.
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