Perceptions of higher education students on electronic books usage

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It is indicated that greater proportion of Ghana ian population use electronic devices such as desktop/laptop computers and smart (mobile) phones. It is also emphasised that majority of Ghanaian students have access to the internet for various social media activities such whatsapp and facebook. As such this study was conducted to examine how students from the University would appreciate and adopt reading books in electronic form. The study also sought to identify and examine the challenges in the adoption of books in electronic format. The population of the study was tertiary students from the Kwame Nkrumah University o f Science and Technology in Kumasi. The multistage and proportionate stratified random sampling techniques were used to obtain a sample size of 120 students for the study chosen from the six colleges of the university. This may not give the true representation of the sample size since the total student population of the various colleges were not used but rather, the total number of departments in each of the colleges. Questionnaires were the main data collection tool. The data collected were analysed qualitatively and quantitatively, and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and the Microsoft Excel software were used to convert data collected into simple percentages. It was found that students perceive electronic books play an important role in teaching and learning. Reading books in electronic form have assisted students to complete assignments on time in the University. It has also reduced spending on teaching and learning materials, improved access to information and encouraged reading and learning. These were influenced by the number of visits to the internet by the students and the use of their electronic devices. However, students faced problems such as power fluctuations and instability of the internet in the adaptation of electronic books
A thesis submitted to the Department of Publishing Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for degree of Master of Art Publishing Studies,