Electronic Environments for Reading: An Annotated Bibliography of Pertinent Hardware and Software (2011)

  • Corina Koolen
  • Ray Siemens University of Victoria
  • Alex Garnett
Keywords: Reading environments, Knowledge environments, Social reading, Social media, Digital reading, E-reading, E-readers, Hardware, Software, INKE


In the development of new research environments, hardware has often been neglected. E-readers have (reasonably) successfully been developed for leisurely reading, but reading with the goal of writing demands a different approach. This bibliography has been written to inform the INKE research group on physical aspects of digital scholarly reading. It consists of two parts: a hardware section, including a description of commercial e-readers as well as an overview of academically developed digital reading devices and a software section, also including commercially available packages next to academically developed reading environments which allow for flexible manipulation of text and other modalities; as well as reflections on digital scholarly reading. Combined, the two sections inform an integrated approach in the development of new research environments.