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Digital Forum: Readers and Users

2010 September 2

View of people reading in a room, c. 1870, Courtesy of The New York Public Library,

In the Digital Forum of JVC 15.1, James Mussell asks what happens to readers in digital environments? Do we read differently on screen from how we read a printed text and, if so, how does this effect the way we respond to and make use of material in digital archives?

Shafquat Towheed considers the consequences of reading nineteenth-century texts, not in their original form, but in twenty-first century digital space. Dana Wheeles reports how NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) redesigned their user interface in order to encourage readers to become active users and to create content. Matthew Bradley enjoys the wealth of material on Victorian experiences of reading to be found in the Reading Experience Database (RED).

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