Digital reading: still controversial

Lecture numérique: encore loin de faire l’unanimité

Three-Rivers — After four years of hard work, Stéphane Labbé has published her thesis, entitled The purchasing and borrowing of books in Quebec: an analysis of communicational and which show, in particular, that the people are not yet ready to change their reading habits to digital.

This thesis of four articles focuses on the choice of a mode of supply of Quebec. In the first part, he outlines a typology of territorial scale, the municipalities of Quebec. In the second part, the thesis draws a portrait of the offer of the books in the paper format of public libraries self-Québec, as well as ways in which it is made. In the third part, it provides a portrait of the range of books in digital format in public libraries in Quebec to complete with the factors that underlie the choice of a mode of supply of books.

Despite the evolution of technology, this thesis demonstrates that people enjoy less the book in digital format. “The economic plan, people value less the digital format, because there is no object associated with it. A book in digital format, it is a PDF file so people don’t want to pay fifteen dollars when they can get the paper for twenty dollars,” said Mr. Labbé.

The results of this thesis were very expected, because no research in Quebec also dealt exhaustively with this topic. “Many investors, bookstores, publishers, waiting for precisely the output of this thesis to engage in important business decisions,” says Jason Luckerhoff, director of research and lecturer in social communication, UQTR. In order to come to this conclusion, the researcher was asked about the needs of consumers.

“I asked myself the following question: what is the fact that an individual decides to buy or borrow a book ? I asked myself this question, because there has been a lot of changes since the advent of the digital environment. Not only our reading habits have changed, but the digital environment has proposed new ways to obtain their books,” says Mr. Labbé.

It should be noted that this research is the purpose of a long process. Two years after the foundation of the program of social Communication at the UQTR in 2012, Mr. Labbé is registered in the doctoral program. Having spent the whole of his time to the writing, it was the first of his cohort to publish his / her thesis. “The normal duration of doctoral studies is four years, but students who finish so quickly are very rare,” says Mr. Luckerhoff.

Mr. Labbé is not his first scientific research. Qualified as a research specialist in Quebec in the field of the book” by its director of research, he has used the same line during the writing of her thesis project. This research focused on the export of books from canadian publishers that he had written to the national Institute of scientific research.

Recall that Mr. Labbé has spent last Monday in front of a committee of six researchers who have evaluated, for nearly two hours, her final thesis. He has received outstanding honors, which is very rare according to Mr. Luckerhoff.

Very proud of his accomplishment, he wants to continue on this momentum and engage in post-doctoral studies at the UQTR in this field of research. “Research is never finished. The thesis is often seen as a finality, but rather, it is the starting point of a new research program.”


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