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Navigation within the Kindle was found to be easy, and it was similarly simple to turn the pages. The Kindle screen, which is matt in nature, was complimented and one participant commented ‘‘I found the Kindle easy to use and clearly set out’’. In one family the Kindle was so popular the children had been arguing over which of them could read with it first; here it was noted that it is difficult for more than oneperson to make use of the Kindle device at one time. More negatively, one participant had found searching on Amazon for books less than ideal because they had found it difficult to refine their search. In common to all three devices were the comments that it was difficult to move around the book, and not easy to know how far it was to the end of the chapter currently being read. After use of each device, participants were asked to indicate whether they believed they had read faster, slower or at the same speed as when they read a printed book. As can be seen in Table 1 (below), for the Kindle a slightly
higher proportion chose ‘‘faster’’ and ‘‘the same’’, with only one thinking they had read more slowly with this device. Responses relating to the other devices were more similar. It is, of course, important to note here the low number of respondents, which means that the results cannot be generalised to a wider population. When the families were asked to rate various features of each of the devices, the results were as shown in Table 2 (below). As can be seen, generally the features were rated ‘‘good’’ or ‘‘ok’’ by the participants and once again the Kindle scored highly. Table 1 Reading speed of devices compared to printed books Device Faster Same Slower DS-lite 2 4 4 iPod Touch 3 4 3 Kindle 5 3 1 244 PubRes Q (2010) 26:236–248 123 Reluctant Reader As noted above, only one of the six children taking part in the research claimed to be a reluctant reader; this was the boy aged 8 years (child participant A). His reaction to the Kindle in particular was of significance in the context of the study. For example, A’s parents were particularly pleased with his enthusiasm for the Kindle, noting it was the first time he had ever asked them if he could read, and that he voluntarily read from the Kindle rather than watching television—an unusual situation for A. In addition, A was very excited about choosing and downloading books for the Kindle and was a willing participant in this process. Lastly and as noted above, A liked the pictures on the Kindle books which he downloaded and although he did not read any books on the DS-lite, he enjoyed scrolling through and experiencing the more interactive aspects of the texts. Final Interviews The interviews with the families at the end of the research period were also instrumental in revealing various significant issues relating to their reading with the three different e-book devices.