The Usefulness Metrics of The Most Popular eReader Used by Higher Education Students

Dwi Puspita Sari, Elicia Lanham, Lei Pan
InSITE 2015  •  2015  •  pp. 912
[The final form of this paper was published in the journal Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology.] In the digital technology era, mobile devices have an important rule to deploy a copy of data and information through the network. An electronic reader (eReader) allows readers to read written materials in an electronic manner that is available in many models. The objective of this study is to evaluate the usage of eReader by higher education students. We firstly identified the most frequently used eReader by surveying higher education students. The survey results showed that Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, and Samsung Tablet are the most popular eReader devices used by higher education students. We presented these results, and then we analyzed the surveyed results in detail in order to develop an evaluation metric of the eReader in a mobile platform that clearly allows the selection of the most suitable eReader for higher education students. The main contribution of this paper is the development of a set of criteria that can be used by students in the selection of an eReader that matches their specific needs and requirements.
eReader, evaluation, usefulness metric
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