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The Digital Reading Desk: A lightweight approach to digital note-taking

Pearson, J., Buchanan, G., Thimbleby, H. W. & Jones, M. (2012). The Digital Reading Desk: A lightweight approach to digital note-taking. Interacting with Computers, 24(5), pp. 327-338. doi: 10.1016/j.intcom.2012.03.001


Attentive reading is a complex and cognitively demanding task that uses note-taking and annotation to support the reader's interpretation of the document. When reading on paper, extensive use of highlighting and other activities are conducted to support attentive reading, but this rich behaviour is not used with digital documents. Many users therefore print digital documents and then interact with them in physical form. This paper presents the "Digital Reading Desk," an enhanced digital reading environment that provides support for attentive reading, providing a large working space for notes that mimics the use of desk space in a conventional physical environment. The Reading Desk uses a single tool to support both annotation and bookmarking, simplifying both the user's learning of the system and their use of tools. Evaluation of the Reading Desk indicates preference for it, as well as considerable behavioural differences between our approach and traditional digital reading tools.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2012, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Publisher Keywords: Annotation; Bookmarking; Documents; Notes; Direct manipulation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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