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Designing for Digital Reading by Harold Thimbleby, George Buchanan, Jennifer Pearson

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CHAPTER 5

Improving Digital Reading

5.1OVERVIEW

Reading is an age-old activity that is increasingly being performed interactively on screen. The soaring popularity of digital documents in recent years has been accelerated by an influx of electronic reading devices such as eReaders, tablets, and mobile phones—hardware that is becoming evermore fluidly integrated into our daily lives [BBC News, January 28, 2011; The New York Times, July 19, 2010; Wahba, September 22, 2010]. Despite the clear popularity of digital texts, however, research indicates that paper usage is in fact increasing [The Economist, October 9, 2008; The Trustees of Princeton University, 2009b], suggesting that people are obtaining digital documents, but are later printing them. ...

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