E-Reading and Boys: The Future of Reading in a Digital World? — David Hegarty, Belmont Hill School, United States

  • Libraries (2010-11)

The aim of the research was to determine if using an e-reading device would have any impact on the leisure reading experience of middle school boys. Boys were grouped together and each group provided with a Kindle for approximately four weeks. While most of the boys enjoyed using the Kindle, there was a sentiment among some that the printed book still had a significant role in their reading for leisure and in their academic life. Some of the results highlighted an awareness of the importance of reading, the importance that reading choice plays in the lives of boys, and the potential academic use of e-reading devices.