Books are not liked and rarely used by students. Moreover many students had negative attitudes toward books. “I hate books” and “Why all books are not put on line” are a frequent reaction among students. A validated questionnaire measuring attitudes toward books and e-books was administered to 291 male and 287 female first year students of the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki in Greece during the first week of second semester in the academic year 2006-07. The objective was to test the hypothesis that e-books positively affect students' attitudes toward reading. The methods used for the analysis of data were the implicative statistical analysis and the principal components analysis. The results of the study reveal that students have initially a more positive attitude toward e-book. Books were seen as boring a rather old-fashioned. In addition, some demographic characteristics indicate distinctions among the attitudes of students. Specifically, students owning computers have initially a much more positive attitude toward e-book.
|Keywords:||Books, e-Books, Students Attitudes|
Lecturer, Department of Preeschool Education, University of West Macedonia, Florina, Frorina, Greece
Teacher of Chemistry, TEI KOZANIS, Techological Institute of Kozani, Kozani, Greece
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