Effects of eBook Readers and Tablet Computers on Reading Comprehension

Connell, Caroline; Bayliss, Lauren; Farmer, Whitney
June 2012
International Journal of Instructional Media;2012, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p131
Academic Journal
Digital reading devices are increasingly popular among university students; however, their effect on reading time and text comprehension has not been examined in depth. The present study compared the Kindle 3 eBook reader and Apple's iPad tablet computer to a printed document to determine if text presentation format had a significant effect on reading time and text comprehension. Results indicated that those reading printed materials had faster reading times than those reading from eBook readers and tablets. Participants found the tablet the most usable, followed by the eBook reader, and the printed material was considered the least usable. There was no effect of text presentation format on reading comprehension, supporting the use of eBook readers and tablet computers in academic environments.


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