—The objective of this paper was to examine the
impact of digital-based materials on student’s reading habit.
The questionnaire research was conducted on Universiti
Teknologi MARA (UiTM) students and consisted of questions
that dealt with various aspects of digital-based reading
materials and its consequences on students’ reading habit. The
survey results indicated that of 103 respondents, the majority of
the respondents (69.2%) read digital-based materials for leisure
rather than research (18.1%) and study (12.7%). In seeking the
respondents’ biggest impact of digital emergence, this study
revealed that 62.2% agreed that their reading habits have
changed and their interest in reading have developed due to the
emergence of digital materials such as online newspapers,
e-book and e-magazines. The majority used laptop to assess
these digital-based materials and none of the respondents use
E-Readers. Future studies should assess the usage of these
digital reading devices among Malaysians especially the
students as the trend of digital textbooks is gaining popularity
among textbook publishers.
—Digital-based materials, reading habits,
undergraduates, digital reading.
The authors are with the Publishing Program, Faculty of Communication
and Media Studies, UiTM, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia (e-mail:
asmarsaaid, zalif754, @salam.uitm.edu.my).
Cite: Shahnil Asmar Saaid and Zaliffah Abd Wahab, " The Impact of Digital-Based Materials on Undergraduates’
Reading Habit," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 249-253, 2014.