What is it about?

This article provides analysis of how students search for and use ebooks. It particularly focuses on the strategies they use to read ebooks, and identifies that these are different to print book usage.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that it is vital that we teach University students how to make best use of ebooks, and we should not assume that they know how to engage with them and get the best out of them. We also need to be aware that many University students still regard print books as important for deep learning.


This article provides further detail regarding user behaviour and ebooks, and provides librarians and educators with recommendations as to how ebooks should be used, and what students need to know in order to use them effectively. it also identifies the key challenges that still exist for ebook use, and what we need to do to further improve the experience.

Dr Biddy Casselden
Northumbria University

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This page is a summary of: Higher education student pathways to ebook usage and engagement, and understanding: Highways and cul de sacs, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, April 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0961000619841429.
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