Ebook Readers: An iPod for Your Books in the Cloud

  • Ann-Marie Horcher
  • Maxine Cohen
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 174)


The new way to carry books or literature is to not carry it at all. Not only have computing resources and data moved to the cloud, so has the latest novel or self-help book. The key to the acceptance of this technology is usable design that anticipates a reader’s needs while still invoking a comfortable form factor – the book [1]. Though e-book readers have been available for a decade, the latest wave of e-book readers has achieved a new level of technology acceptance. This trend and potential acceptance of future models can be understood by applying task-technology fit theory [2] to a usability study of the Barnes and Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle ebook readers.


ebook digital libraries usability task-technology fit gender bias 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann-Marie Horcher
    • 1
  • Maxine Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Nova Southeastern UniversityUSA

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