Re-shaping Digital Reading: A Critique and Examination of E-book Readers in a Technological Era

By Lesley Liu.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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The e-book reader has been key to the development and introduction of portable digital reading devices in the past. Unfortunately, the e-book concept has become stagnant and unremarkable. Conversely, video games, cell phones, and portable digital media devices have witnessed revolutionary advancements, from the introduction of the Apple iPhone, introducing smartphones to telecommunications, to World of Warcraft, bringing massive online multiplayer experiences to the public. In order for e-books to remain relevant to the changing user base, the e-book reader must undergo reconceptualization. This paper will examine the history and current state of electronic reading devices, then move on to discuss new methods with which further improvements can be made to the future of the book.

Keywords: E-Book, E-Reader, Digital Reading, Future of the Book

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.33-42. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 911.143KB).

Lesley Liu

M.A. Candidate, English Literature and Public Texts Program, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Lesley Liu graduated with an undergraduate degree in English literature at the University of British Columbia. Her enthusiasm for teaching writing and literature led her to complete her Teaching ESL certificate at Ritsumeikan University and teach in Japan. At present, Lesley is acquiring her Masters of English with a focus in Public Texts at Trent University. Her interests lie in the development of electronic readers and the role of new media in literature.

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