A close look at reading in the digital age

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Academics have secured six-figure funding to delve into the reading habits of people using computers, tablets and smartphones for their fiction fix.

Almost £240,000 is being committed to what is the first study of its kind, led by experts at Sheffield Hallam University. They aim to raise awareness of digital fiction, and understand how readers process fiction in different formats.

Dr Alice Bell, senior lecturer in English language and literature at Sheffield Hallam, said: “Although e-readers are becoming more popular and people are spending more time on smart devices, people aren’t necessarily aware of more interactive and experimental forms of electronic literature.

“Our overall aim is to increase digital literacies more broadly, by encouraging more people to read these digital stories.”

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