Regarding the e-book thing, how many serious college help books are released as e-books? Or for that matter, how many serious books at all?. I was really thinking of downloading Hopeless to Harvard, but once again While this ebook may be dated in terms of HYPSM, its information is still. Looks like it's just an eBook, but you can download it from John Chang (the author) here: spawdelacseopror.gq It's apparently.

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Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love. Praise for Colleen Hoover: I couldn't wait to start reading Point of Retreatso I bought it right then and there!

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It Ends With Us. Maybe Not. Then I will discuss the problems with current e-books regarding usability and user experience. Finally, I will mention some new and innovative e-book features that could make the e-reading experience more attractive, and make a couple of suggestions of what we librarians could do to help our users here and now.

This article is based on current research as well as my own observations. Many e-book readers report that they suffer from eye strain.

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Aside from screen quality, the angle of inclination is also important when it comes to avoiding eye strain. A German research team has shown that, when you hold your screen in a book-like position they used iPads in their experiment , the differences in eye strain symptoms between screen and print were eliminated.

I think this shows there is a need for more user-friendly ways to read e-books on hand-held devices like tablets or e-book readers in preference to desktop or laptop computers.

In some recent surveys from Finland, 9 Slovenia, 10 the UK 11 and the US, 12 students in higher education were asked what kind of devices they use when they read e-books. The numbers are not entirely comparable, since the question in the Finnish survey was about any kind of e-books, and not specifically e-textbooks as it was in the other three surveys. And the Finnish students could not specify whether they read e-books on a laptop or desktop computer.

Despite these discrepancies, I have put the results from all four surveys into the same chart see Figure 1 to get a better overview of the results. As we can see in Figure 1 , most students read e-books on their computers, usually laptops, but they do not use smartphones and tablets to the same extent. Figure 2 shows statistics of the share of the Swedish population of different ages who have access to their own smartphone, computer or tablet.

Share of the Swedish population of different ages who have access to a smartphone, their own computer or their own tablet. This means that the share of the younger Swedish population that owns a tablet is roughly the same as the share of students in our neighbouring country, Finland, who use tablets for e-book reading. I would therefore speculate that most students who actually own a tablet also use it for reading e-books. Since the proportion of the population that owns a tablet is getting bigger every year, as we can see in Figure 3 , 18 I do not think we should neglect the tablet as a reading device.

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In a thesis from about reading on small screens 19 — in which the author used the first-generation iPhone with its 3.

The study subjects also pointed out that it is harder to browse back to an exact position in the book on a small screen, because then the text is fragmented over several pages. With a more fragmented text also comes a need to turn the pages more often, in this case so often that it was considered a problem.

Some participants solved this problem by reducing the font size, while others preferred the bigger font size, since it made the text more legible. And even when the small screen did not have any negative effect on reading comprehension, the participants in this study still preferred a larger screen.

Another study 20 shows that, as long as the text presentation is identical, there are no significant differences between reading print and reading electronic books. It is when the text is fragmented over several screens so there is less content on each screen that text processing is impaired — because, then it is more difficult for the reader to construct a cognitive map of the text structure that usually helps them remember what they are reading.

Based on their findings, the authors suggest that the future design of reading devices should follow the codex structure, with a fixed layout, not only because it supports the construction of a cognitive map, but also because then it would be easier for readers who are already familiar with print books to read electronic texts more intuitively.

Based on these two studies, we can conclude that, when we read e-books, they should be as book-like as possible, and that we should read them on a screen that can display enough content and still have a font size that is large enough to be legible. Aside from the question of whether you should offer the reader a fixed layout, or the ability to adjust the text settings, there are also other design elements that affect readability, such as the choice of type face.

I have found a couple of articles where researchers have used eye-tracking devices to compare the readability of different type faces on screens. One of the studies 23 also discovered that reading speeds increased even more when the font size was increased.


But how many vendors offer our users electronic books and articles that are actually designed for electronic use, and are not just an exact copy of the print original? The lack of overview when you read a book on a digital device does not only make it hard to jump forwards or backwards in the text, it also gives you poor feedback on the progress you are making as you are reading. And it makes it difficult for you to plan your reading, since there is no easy way for you to see how much there is left of the book or chapter you are reading.

Students need to actively engage with their texts in order to learn and retain information, and they often use highlighting and annotation to do so. I have found articles from several countries 26 , 27 , 28 , 29 , 30 in which university students prefer print because of the lack of possibilities for highlighting and annotating when they are reading digital texts.

In a Finnish survey from , 31 the majority of the students agree that the ability to highlight and annotate in e-books is important see Figure 4. Percentage of Finnish students who would like to be able to download e-books onto their own devices. We know now that students want to be able to highlight and annotate, but how much do they actually use these functionalities?

And in Figure 7 we can see that the result was similar when the same survey was carried out in the UK last year. Comparison of the number of students Portugal, who highlight and annotate electronic and print reading matter.

Comparison of the number of students UK, who highlight and annotate electronic and print reading matter. The main issue when it comes to accessibility and e-books is digital rights management DRM protection.

DRM involves technological restrictions that make it possible to control what users can do with our e-resources. In the Finnish study from last year, 40 college and university students said that they do not want to have to log in several times or use separate applications in order to borrow e-books.

They want to be able to borrow the e-books when they need them and keep them as long as they need to, and they want to be able to download the e-books for offline reading regardless of what device or web browser they are using.

In other words, they want to be able to do everything that DRM protection restricts them from doing. It is probably not reasonable to suggest that all library books should be DRM-free even if the music industry experienced increased sales when they removed DRM protection.

As we have seen, the best device for reading e-books is not a computer, but rather a slightly bigger mobile device. But what happens when we try to read an e-book from, for example, Ebook Central, on our tablets? And it does not help if you download the book for offline reading to Bluefire Reader which is the default application , because it is not possible to select text for highlighting there either. But, even if you do manage to open the book in another application with better functionality for highlighting and annotating, as soon as the loan expires, the notes will be gone for good.

Perhaps they could make it possible for the users to get their notes and highlights back when they borrow the book again? Many users admit that they easily get distracted when they read e-books, 42 , 43 which I think should be possible to remedy even if you are slightly addicted to the dopamine that your brain produces every time you hear a ping from your device.

You can transfer documents between the tablet and your computer, but apart from that it has no connection with the outside world that can distract you while you are reading. There are applications today that offer better functionality for highlighting and annotation than Bluefire Reader, and much better navigation functionality that, at least partly, compensates for the lack of spatial landmarks that we are used to from print books. LiquidText and the site application are a couple of examples of applications that I think have some excellent features, even if they do not support Adobe DRM.

LiquidText 48 is a PDF reader that has a kind of extra margin space beside the text where you can make annotations. Instead of just highlighting text passages, you can pull them out of the document into the margin, where you can organize them with your own notes. And you just need to tap a text passage to get back to the source. The site application has outstanding navigation features.

This is perfect if, for example, you want to find a page that you remember the look of, or if you want to explore ahead to see how much there is left of a chapter. Another nice thing with the site application is that it always shows you where you are in the book without having to click anywhere first. In the bottom right-hand corner you will always see how much of the whole book you have read, and in the bottom left-hand corner you can choose between the number of pages you have read so far and how much time it would take you to finish the current chapter or the whole book.

These are a couple of examples of applications that have done more to meet our needs than most. And LiquidText has even taken a step further and created new, useful functionalities that do not have any equivalents in the paper world.

Earlier I referred to authors who think that the best way to read e-books is to read those that are as book-like as possible. And, since most e-books today are just electronic copies of print books with linear text, that perception makes perfect sense. But what would happen if publishers started to think outside the box a little?

What would happen if they created the e-book first and let it utilize all the possibilities that the electronic medium offers?

There are some good examples of e-book design where the e-books are not just a direct copy of a print original. It can be downloaded as a PDF that looks like an ordinary, classical, linear book with its usual table of contents, which is preferable if you want to read the entire report from cover to cover. The same report is also available as a website, 51 where you can use tags to find the content you are interested in.

This web version is very handy if you are only interested in parts of the report, but hopeless if you want to read the entire book — or print it out. Instead, you can listen to the author reading his own work, or watch the actress Fiona Shaw perform the poem synchronized to the text — all the time with access to detailed notes.

Anyone know where I can find the book: Hopeless to Harvard?

What literature student would not prefer this application to the print book? Until all students have a suitable device that they are familiar with and that offers a smooth reading experience, we need to offer training on how to find, download and read e-books as well as how to use different devices.

I also think it would be of use to our students if we always downloadd the DRM-free e-book when available, and that we sometimes still need to download both the print and the electronic book, because, even if e-books have many advantages, sometimes you just might still prefer a print book.

Myrberg, C and Wiberg, N Screen vs. Insights 28 2: Ketron, S and Naletelich, K How e-readers have changed personal connections with books. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal 19 4: Emotional attachment and multidimensional self-efficacy: Mizrachi, D The Journal of Academic Librarianship 41 3: Choosing between print and electronic … Or keeping both?

Cognitive map or medium materiality? Reading on paper and screen. Computers in Human Behavior The same report is also available as a website, 51 where you can use tags to find the content you are interested in.

References Myrberg, C and Wiberg, N Myrberg, C. But adults are equally susceptible to these simple games. Many e-book readers report that they suffer from eye strain. Existing questions. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defences and the intensity of their relationship grows. Items were rated on a 6-point Likert scale and combined into summary scores, with higher scores reflecting greater RFL.

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