IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(3): 249-253 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.357

The Impact of Digital-Based Materials on Undergraduates’ Reading Habit

Shahnil Asmar Saaid and Zaliffah Abd Wahab
Abstract—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.

Index Terms—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).

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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.

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