Lady Chatterley's Library: Books and Reading as Public Performance and Private Act

Dana McKay, Michael B. Twidale, George Buchanan

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Abstract

If reading was simply ingesting information, it would not matter what format that information arrived in-whether it be digital, poor quality newsprint, or the most beautiful hardback book. We do make choices about our reading, though, based on other factors than informational content. Some of these have been discussed in the literature, including convenience, preferences between paper and screen, and acquisition preferences. In this paper, we discuss books and reading as a performance. We examine the visual and cultural elements of books that influence the decisions we make about privacy or performance. We use these reflections to suggest a new form of information interaction, and make suggestions for a future program of research to support this new interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHIIR 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages197-208
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380553
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 14 2021
Event6th ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, CHIIR 2021 - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: Mar 14 2021Mar 19 2021

Publication series

NameCHIIR 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval

Conference

Conference6th ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, CHIIR 2021
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityVirtual, Online
Period3/14/213/19/21

Keywords

  • digital books
  • information interaction
  • reading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems

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