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Paper 112_elpub2012:
Digital Reading: The transformation of reading practices

id 112_elpub2012
authors Cardoso, Gustavo; Carla Ganito, Cátia Ferreira
year 2012
title Digital Reading: The transformation of reading practices
source ELPUB2012. Social Shaping of Digital Publishing: Exploring the interplay between Culture and Technology, 16th International Conference on Electronic Publishing 14-15 June 2012, Guimarăes, Portugal.
summary The paper aims to present the preliminary results of a two-year project having as scope the future of the book and libraries stemming from the current reading practices in Portugal. In the scope of the project, the presentation of the findings will be focused on the mobile consumption practices in Portugal. This research is based on a mixed methodology: a quantitative survey – Network Society in Portugal – articulated with a qualitative analysis of the discourses of the representatives of what Thompson calls the publishing chain (librarians, publishing houses, authors, and content and soft/hardware providers). To understand the impact of mobile devices on reading practices is crucial for libraries and publishing houses. Mobile devices offer augmented mobility – a mobility that is connected, networked and collaborative. Although the hype is currently around eBooks, we are still faced with a market where the vast majority still reads books on paper. The sales of devices have exploded but eBooks are lagging behind. What do people use their tablets, iPads, and eReaders for? What are they reading and where? How do they articulate their readings with other media and cultural consumptions? Those are the central questions that we are aiming at answering.
keywords Digital reading, mobility, publishing chain, Portugal. libraries
series ELPUB:2012
type normal paper
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