Public Perception of the Differences Between Printed and Electronic Books: A Content Analysis Public Deposited

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  • February 28, 2019
  • Moore, Valerie
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
  • This study investigated user perceptions of the differences between print and electronic books. Using Marshall McLuhan and others' contention that media are not neutral conduits of information but rather shape the information they convey according to their own affordances and biases, this study focused upon the fundamental differences that are based on each medium's essential nature. Seven such differences were drawn from the literature and were used to categorize comments posted to online discussion boards and blogs using qualitative content analysis. Comparisons on all seven dimensions were identified, with tangibility discussed most and the direction of information flow discussed least. Two additional dimensions emerged during the coding process which may form an additional category. The list of fundamental differences may help cultural institutions prioritize what to digitize and inform the discussion as to why these media may be different and suited to different uses.
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  • Anthony, Denise
  • Master of Science in Library Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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