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“Det är rätt lyxigt att kunna läsa på alla dessa sätt”: En studie om e-boksanvändares upplevelser av att läsa och använda e-böcker

Jakobsson, Ylva LU and Lehmann, Katja LU (2016) ABMM54 20161
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Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences
Abstract
E-book reading is not as widespread in Sweden as in other technically comparable countries such as the USA, England and Germany. This has to do partly with a limited commercial market, as well as with the nature of distribution of e-books through libraries which are at the forefront of making e-books accessible in Sweden. Although e-books and the Swedish e-book market have gained attention among researchers and market actors in the recent decade, there is one perspective often missing in discussions about e-books: that of the actual users. E-book users’ perceptions of e-books when it comes to reading, functionality and accessibility are rarely observed in research studies, newspaper articles or official documents about e- books in Sweden.
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E-book reading is not as widespread in Sweden as in other technically comparable countries such as the USA, England and Germany. This has to do partly with a limited commercial market, as well as with the nature of distribution of e-books through libraries which are at the forefront of making e-books accessible in Sweden. Although e-books and the Swedish e-book market have gained attention among researchers and market actors in the recent decade, there is one perspective often missing in discussions about e-books: that of the actual users. E-book users’ perceptions of e-books when it comes to reading, functionality and accessibility are rarely observed in research studies, newspaper articles or official documents about e- books in Sweden.

The purpose of this study is to generate an understanding of e-books and e-book reading from a user perspective. We have conducted a qualitative interview study in which we have interviewed 13 e-book users to gain knowledge about why they choose to read e-books as well as experiences and opinions of e-books. The study is based on two theoretical approaches: science and technology studies (STS) and diffusion theory. From these perspectives we have chosen to focus on concepts of users and non-users as well as on perceived attributes of innovations, to seek explanations to how and why people adopt or refuse new technology, in this case the e-book, and how they use and perceive this technology.

The results of our study show several obstacles to e-book reading, such as technical challenges in the use and compatibility of reading devices, economical considerations, and expectations and perceptions of reading e-books compared to printed books. Printed books are, by most of the informants, still perceived as superior to the e-book in more emotional aspects, whereas the e-book is appreciated for being more practical in certain situations. Most informants look at e-books as a complement to reading printed books. The study also shows that the development of the e-book market is hindered by factors such as the invisibility of e-book reading in society, and difficulties in trying out e-books or reading devices in advance of becoming a regular user. (Less)
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author
Jakobsson, Ylva LU and Lehmann, Katja LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
”It’s quite luxurious to be able to read in all these different ways”: A study about e- book users’ experiences of reading and using e-books
course
ABMM54 20161
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
User study, e-books, e-book users, e-readers, library and information science, information studies, diffusion theory, science and technology studies, STS, library, public library, Användarundersökning, e-bok, e-böcker, användare, läsverktyg, biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, diffusionsteori, bibliotek, folkbibliotek
language
Swedish
id
8887191
date added to LUP
2016-09-19 08:53:59
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2016-09-19 08:53:59
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  abstract     = {E-book reading is not as widespread in Sweden as in other technically comparable countries such as the USA, England and Germany. This has to do partly with a limited commercial market, as well as with the nature of distribution of e-books through libraries which are at the forefront of making e-books accessible in Sweden. Although e-books and the Swedish e-book market have gained attention among researchers and market actors in the recent decade, there is one perspective often missing in discussions about e-books: that of the actual users. E-book users’ perceptions of e-books when it comes to reading, functionality and accessibility are rarely observed in research studies, newspaper articles or official documents about e- books in Sweden.

The purpose of this study is to generate an understanding of e-books and e-book reading from a user perspective. We have conducted a qualitative interview study in which we have interviewed 13 e-book users to gain knowledge about why they choose to read e-books as well as experiences and opinions of e-books. The study is based on two theoretical approaches: science and technology studies (STS) and diffusion theory. From these perspectives we have chosen to focus on concepts of users and non-users as well as on perceived attributes of innovations, to seek explanations to how and why people adopt or refuse new technology, in this case the e-book, and how they use and perceive this technology.

The results of our study show several obstacles to e-book reading, such as technical challenges in the use and compatibility of reading devices, economical considerations, and expectations and perceptions of reading e-books compared to printed books. Printed books are, by most of the informants, still perceived as superior to the e-book in more emotional aspects, whereas the e-book is appreciated for being more practical in certain situations. Most informants look at e-books as a complement to reading printed books. The study also shows that the development of the e-book market is hindered by factors such as the invisibility of e-book reading in society, and difficulties in trying out e-books or reading devices in advance of becoming a regular user.},
  author       = {Jakobsson, Ylva and Lehmann, Katja},
  keyword      = {User study,e-books,e-book users,e-readers,library and information science,information studies,diffusion theory,science and technology studies,STS,library,public library,Användarundersökning,e-bok,e-böcker,användare,läsverktyg,biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap,diffusionsteori,bibliotek,folkbibliotek},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {“Det är rätt lyxigt att kunna läsa på alla dessa sätt”: En studie om e-boksanvändares upplevelser av att läsa och använda e-böcker},
  year         = {2016},
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