Leisure-Based Reading and the Place of E-Books in Everyday Life

  • Annika Hupfeld
  • Abigail Sellen
  • Kenton O’Hara
  • Tom Rodden
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8118)


With the proliferation of digital reading technologies and their underlying ecosystem, practices of reading are currently undergoing significant changes. Despite the currency of the topic, we find there is little empirical research on how people incorporate digital reading technologies into their existing leisure-based reading practices. In this paper, we explore the place of e-reading for pleasure in daily life, and how it is co-evolving with practices surrounding printed books. We present a diary study with 16 readers tracking their behaviors and motivations surrounding e-book use. Our findings are relevant to designers of digital reading technologies in highlighting the values guiding people’s choices and behaviors concerning e-book use.


leisure e-reading e-books e-readers tablets smartphones books diary study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annika Hupfeld
    • 1
  • Abigail Sellen
    • 2
  • Kenton O’Hara
    • 2
  • Tom Rodden
    • 1
  1. 1.Mixed Reality LabUniversity of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Microsoft ResearchCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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