As we reported last month, our accepted paper “The Imposition and Superimposition of Digital Reading Technology: The Academic Potential of E-readers” won an Honorable Mention award at CHI 2011. On Monday, we issued a press release through the UW that described the highlights of our research.
Happily, that press release was picked up by a number of other folks that very same day:
- PCMag – Study: E-Readers Need Work Before Schools Toss Out Textbooks
- GeekWire – UW study of Kindle usage shows why students aren’t shelving real books
- TechFlash – UW study: Kindle DX long way from being BMOC
- CrunchGear – Study: Kindles Aren’t Quite All That With The Kids On Campus
- Brier Dudley’s Blog on The Seattle Times’ Web site – Kindle so-so for students, UW study concludes
- ScienceBlog – College students’ use of Kindle DX points to e-reader’s role in academia
Tuesday saw a few more digested articles and some robot aggregation sites got in on the action too:
- Fast Company – E-Readers Fail at Education
- Digital Trends – E-readers not yet ready to be taken up by students
- ITProPortal – E-Readers No Replacement For Textbooks, Students Say
- fudZilla – Ebooks are not ready for students yet
- Sify News – ‘Kindle DX’ use by college students points to e-reader’s role in academia
- TopNews New Zealand (my favorite link so far) – E-readers still unable to evict paper books
- DailyTech – First Long-Term E-Reader Study Compares Textbooks with Kindle DX
- ScienceDaily – College Students’ Use of Kindle DX Points to E-Reader’s Role in Academia
- Inside Higher Ed – Quick Takes: Mixed Reviews in Study of Kindle Use
- KCPQ-13 FOX News (Seattle TV station) – UW study snubs Amazon’s Kindle DX
- Physorg.com – College Students’ Use of Kindle DX Points to E-Reader’s Role in Academia
EDIT: Wednesday also brought a few more international articles:
- The Independent (UK newspaper) – E-readers not suitable for US students, study finds
- Tech Watch – Amazon Kindle not about to muscle out college textbooks
- News Tonight – E-readers need more work before school launch, study says
EDIT #2: After Brier Dudley’s article in The Seattle Times had been published for a day or two, it really went national and international…which is nice because it actually mentions Charlotte and I (Alex) by name. I mean, the Modesto Bee picked it up! Now that’s cool.
EDIT #3: A few more sites picked up the story in a more meaningful way:
- O’Reilly Radar – Does digital text create a cognitive gap?
- Tainted Green – The Kindle DX is not yet ready for college
- The Huffington Post – eReaders Do Not Support College Student Needs, Study Suggests
EDIT #4: MSN France picked up the press release and wrote a story about it! Very cool.
We’ll see what the coming days bring in terms of attention leading up to the big CHI presentation on Thursday, May 12. It’ll be an exciting conference!
FINAL EDIT: Things have tapered off a bit, although some outlets are still writing stories on our work…and Nick Carr had this terrific blog post that’s the best digested read of our study yet (by a huge margin). There should be a major story next Monday (5/16) if things go well!