Reading experiences influencing the acceptance of e-book devices

Eunil Park, Jungyeon Sung, Kwangsu Cho

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Purpose - This paper aims to explore users' perception of, and then intention toward using, e-book devices as new reading devices, based upon an integrated technology acceptance model (TAM), reading engagement based upon flow theory and readability. The recent introduction of e-book devices has drastically changed the way people access and use reading content. However, few studies have explored the impact of reading experience on acceptance of e-book devices. Design/methodology/approach - A total of 219 participants participated in a survey after using e-book devices to analyze the research model. Findings - This study confirmed the crucial roles played by viewing experience, perceived mobility, perceived behavioral control, skill and readability. Also perceived usefulness and text satisfaction were found to have a positive and significant association with acceptance of e-book devices. Research limitations/implications - Implications and suggestions for researchers and manufacturers are also addressed in the present study. Originality/value - The current study focused on how actual reading experiences using e-book devices influences acceptance of e-book devices, through the triangular integrated model of TAM, reading engagement and readability features, and investigating users' reading experience on the basis of responses to the characteristics of e-book devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-135
Number of pages16
JournalElectronic Library
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 2

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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