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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2015, Vol. 31 Issue (7-8): 73-79    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2015.07.10
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A Comparative Study of Mobile Reading Applications Based on User Experiences
Wu Dan, Ran Aihua
School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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[Objective] Make a comparison between three typical mobile reading applications, including iReader, DuoKan and Kindle. [Methods] Design evaluation metrics and a user experiment for mobile reading applications. After finishing the reading assignments, participants use a five-point scale questionnaire to make ratings based on their own experiences. And statistical methods are used to analyze the results of the user experiment. [Results] DuoKan is the best in nine indicators, including the layout of the interface, the experience of probation, the reading function, the communication, the user friendly and easy to use, the aesthetic design, the practicability, the necessaries, and the overall experience. iReader is the best in four indicators, including the installation process of applications, the individual center, the response speed, and the experience of paying. And Kindle is the best in the indicator of content quality. [Limitations] There is lack of different types of enough users who participating the experiment. [Conclusions] DuoKan is the mobile application with the best user experience. To improve the user experience, the mobile reading application needs to refine the classification of users, to enhance the quality of its electronic books and to improve the aesthetic design.

Received: 13 January 2015      Published: 25 August 2015
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Wu Dan, Ran Aihua. A Comparative Study of Mobile Reading Applications Based on User Experiences. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2015, 31(7-8): 73-79.

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