Increasing Leisure Reading Among University Students Using Ereaders with Audio

Annie Jansen

Abstract

This article reports on a study investigating leisure reading among university students using Kindle devices. The study employed a pre-post cohort reading engagement survey of twenty-one college students. Students participated in the study by completing self-reported surveys before and after a semester long reading engagement program. The program involved pre-loaded audio and e-books on Kindle Fire devices, giving students the option to read, listen, or read and listen simultaneously. The students were selected by their enrollment in either a reading improvement class or a comparative literature class contained within a multilingual student course cluster. All students either struggled with English language skills, based on SAT scores, or were ESL students. Students indicated in the pre-survey results that they spent less than one hour weekly reading material. In the post-survey results, analysis shows that students were more interested in recreational reading materials, noting that they were likely or very likely to read or listen to books outside of class material in the future.

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