(HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar

(HOBAR) Open University History of Books and Reading Seminar
15 April 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Laura Dietz (Anglia Ruskin University)
‘I tend to prefer real books to e-books’: negotiating the realness and bookness of e-novels

This presentation will explore what ‘real’ and ‘book’ mean for readers of e-novels. Novels are the most popular form of e-book, read by the million on tablet and smartphone and e-ink reader, yet to many (including many who buy and read them) enduringly separate from ‘actual BOOKS’. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative data from a four-year study of e-book readership, the presentation will examine how contradictory, yet coexisting, conceptions of realness interact with the evolving metaphor of the book, and how readers and book-lovers incorporate elusive, protean e-books alongside ‘proper, print books’ in their reading lives and reading identities.

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