1st Edition

The Digital Reading Condition

    256 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume offers a critical overview of digital reading practices and scholarly efforts to analyze and understand reading in the mediatized landscape. Building on research about digital reading, born-digital literature, and digital audiobooks, The Digital Reading Condition explores reading as part of a broader cultural shift encompassing many forms of media and genres.

    Bringing together research from media and literary studies, digital humanities, scholarship on reading and learning, as well as sensory studies and research on multimodal and multisensory media reception, the authors address and challenge print-biased conceptions of reading that are still prevalent in research, whether the reading medium is print or digital. They argue that the act of reading itself is changing, and rather than rejecting digital media as unsuitable for sustained or focused reading practices, they argue that the complex media landscape challenges us to rethink how to define reading as a mediated practice.

    Presenting a truly interdisciplinary perspective on digital reading practices, this volume will appeal to scholars and graduate students in communication, media studies, new media and technology, literature, digital humanities, literacy studies, composition, and rhetoric.

    List of Contributors

    Maria Engberg, Iben Have, and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

    Section I: Historical and Sociocultural Perspectives on Reading

    Introduction to Section I

    1. Reading and Materiality: Conditions of Digital Reading
    Maria Engberg

    2. History of Media Cultures from the Perspective of Multisensory Reading
    Iben Have

    3. The Condition of Reading in a Digital Media Culture
    Jay David Bolter

    4. Reading Toward Multiliteracies: Understanding Reading Comprehension and Reading Experience
    Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen and Iben Have

    Section II: Multisensory Reading

    Introduction to Section II

    5. Reading and the Senses: Cultural and Technological Perspectives
    Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen and Maria Engberg

    6. Reading a Literary App for Children
    Ayoe Quist Henkel

    7. Trends in Immersive Journalism
    Iben Have and Maria Engberg

    8. Multisensory Reading of Digital Audiobooks
    Iben Have and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

    9. How to Read a Network, or the Internet as Unfinished Demo
    Lori Emerson

    Section III: Reading Engagement: Aspects of Digital Reading

    Introduction to Section III

    10. Deep, Focused, and Critical Reading Between Media
    Maria Engberg and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

    11. Reading Digital Interfaces and Audiobooks: Media-Specific and Multisensory Aspects of Immersion
    Ayoe Quist Henkel and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

    12. Motivations for Audiobook Reading in Modern Everyday Lives
    Iben Have

    Section IV: Young Readers Between Media

    Introduction to Section IV

    13. Digital Reading in Education: A Situated Disciplinary Literacies Perspective
    Nikolaj Elf

    14. Different Modes of Reading: Eighth-Grade Students’ Interaction with a Digital Narrative
    Signe Hjort Nielsen and Ayoe Quist Henkel

    15. Transmedial Reading
    Susana Tosca

    16. Readers Between Media: Sixth-Grade Students Tuning in to Literature in Different Formats
    Ayoe Quist Henkel

    Section V: Aesthetics and Digital Reading

    Introduction to Section V

    17. Situated Reading
    Maria Engberg and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

    18. Reading: Atmosphere, Ambience, and Attunement
    Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

    19. Resonance and the Digital Conditions of Reading
    Lutz Koepnick

    Conclusion: The Digital Reading Condition
    Maria Engberg, Iben Have, and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen


    Maria Engberg is Associate Professor at Malmö University, Sweden, and an Affiliate Researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Uppsala University, Sweden.

    Iben Have is Associate Professor in Media Studies in the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Aarhus University.

    Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen is Associate Professor in Aesthetics and Culture in the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. She holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Culture from Aarhus University.