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E-Reading and the Christian Bible
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
Number of Authors: 1
2015 (English)In: Studies in religion, ISSN 0008-4298, E-ISSN 2042-0587, Vol. 44, no 4, 423-440 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Christian Bible is now available in thousands of digital forms, re-imagined for electronic reading on mobile, tablet and desktop screens. This article introduces findings from an online survey of digital Bible users, analysing their demographics, reading practices, motivations and experiences. Survey responses are analysed in conversation with recent debates among Christian commentators and broader arguments in the study of e-reading in education and other contexts. Religious e-reading shows some distinctive and unexpected features, in comparison with reading in other contexts, and this article proposes some initial hypotheses about the impact of digital media on sacred text.

Abstract [fr]

De nos jours, la Bible chretienne est disponible en des milliers de formes numeriques, re-imaginee pour une lecture sur des ecrans de telephone, de tablette et d'ordinateur. Cet article presente les resultats d'un sondage en ligne destine a des utilisateurs de Bible numerique, montrant leur situation demographique, leurs habitudes de lecture, leurs motivations et leurs experiences. L'analyse rejoint des debats recents entre commentateurs chretiens, ainsi que des propositions plus generales venant de contextes telles que l'education. Compares a des supports plus classiques, les textes religieux numeriques se lisent de facon parfois particuliere et inattendue et cet article propose des hypotheses preliminaires quant a l'effet des medias numeriques sur des textes sacres.

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2015. Vol. 44, no 4, 423-440 p.
Keyword [en]
e-reading, digital religion, digital Bible, digital publishing, religion and mobile apps
Keyword [fr]
la lecture electronique, la religion numerique, la Bible numerique, la publication numerique, la religion et les applications mobiles
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124726DOI: 10.1177/0008429815610607ISI: 000365253100001OAI: diva2:894469
Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2016-01-15Bibliographically approved

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