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Online Flipping: Examination of the Digital FlipViewer

By Spring Hull Summary: This article examines the usability of FlipViewerĀ® software for digital FlipBooks. The FlipViewer software allows users to read online documents in a three-dimensional e-book format simulates a paper document. Participants performed 11 tasks with a FlipBook

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Is Multiple-Column Online Text Better? It Depends!

By J. Ryan Baker Summary: This study investigated the effects of multi-column displays and justification on reading performance and satisfaction of an online narrative passage. Participants read a short story displayed in one of six formats (one, two, or three

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The Effects of Line Length on Reading Online News

By A. Dawn Shaikh Summary: This study examined the effects of line length on reading speed, comprehension, and user satisfaction of online news articles. Twenty college-age students read news articles displayed in 35, 55, 75, or 95 characters per line

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Reading Online Text with a Poor Layout: Is Performance Worse?

by Barbara S. Chaparro, A. Dawn Shaikh, & J. Ryan Baker Summary: This study examined the effects of enhanced layout (headers, indentation, and figure placement) on reading performance, comprehension, and satisfaction. Participants read text passages with and without enhanced layout.

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Paper or Pixels: What are People Reading Online?

By A. Dawn Shaikh Summary: This study evaluated the reading habits of Internet users across five document types – journal articles, news, newsletters, literature, and product information. Internet users completed an online survey indicating how likely they were to read

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