Print versus digital reading preferences of university students in Australia

2018-02-01T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Nicole Johnston A. M. Salaz
This paper presents findings of a survey that investigated the reading preferences of university students at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia. This survey is being undertaken as part of the Academic Reading Format International Study (ARFIS), which is investigating print versus digital reading preferences in 31 countries. A total of 582 students completed the survey. Results from the survey indicate a strong preference for reading in print because of issues such as eyestrain, tactile features, better focus, and an ability to highlight and take notes. Issues such as cost, usability, and accessibility also impacted on students' reading decisions.

Presented at VALA 2018, Melbourne, Australia