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The young read in new places, the older read on new devices: A survey of digital reading practices among librarians and Information Science students in Denmark
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics. Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9309-2343
2019 (English)In: Participations, ISSN 1749-8716, E-ISSN 1749-8716, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 197-236Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article reports key findings from a quantitative online survey of everyday reading practices (N = 277) that targeted library professionals and students enrolled in an Information Science program in Denmark. The survey derived its rationale from the current upsurge in reading on smartphones but was constructed so as to give a comprehensive overview of all devices used for reading, as well as to map how these devices combine in respondents' reading behaviour with specific text genres and physical environments. The data documents a highly diversified reading ecology where most genres are read on most devices and where readers' choices and preferences vary with gender, age, and life situation. The clearest patterns emerge among female respondents (N = 221; M age = 39; range 19-65) who fall into distinct reader/user groups according to age. Most importantly, we found the variety of digital devices used for reading to increase rather than decrease with age, contrary tocommon assumptions. Meanwhile, the youngest of the female respondents seem to read in the greatest variety of environments, and to make the least use of printed reading materials.

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2019. Vol. 16, no 1, p. 197-236
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Mobile phones, digital technology, female readers, reading behaviour, reading environments, quantitative methods
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Languages and Literature Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168941OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168941DiVA, id: diva2:1316422
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-05-18Bibliographically approved

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