The suitability of gray-scale electronic readers for dermatology journals

Jae Eun Choi, Dai Hyun Kim, Soo Hong Seo, Young Chul Kye, Hyo Hyun Ahn

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Background: The rapid development of information and communication technology has replaced traditional books by electronic versions. Most print dermatology journals have been replaced with electronic journals (e-journals), which are readily used by clinicians and medical students.

Objective: The objectives of this study were to determine whether e-readers are appropriate for reading dermatology journals, to conduct an attitude study of both medical personnel and students, and to find a way of improving e-book use in the field of dermatology.

Methods: All articles in the Korean Journal of Dermatology published from January 2010 to December 2010 were utilized in this study. Dermatology house officers, student trainees in their fourth year of medical school, and interns at Korea University Medical Center participated in the study. After reading the articles with Kindle 2, their impressions and evaluations were recorded using a questionnaire with a 5-point Likert scale.

Results: The results demonstrated that gray-scale e-readers might not be suitable for reading dermatology journals, especially for case reports compared to the original articles. Only three of the thirty-one respondents preferred e-readers to printed papers. The most common suggestions from respondents to encourage usage of e-books in the field of dermatology were the introduction of a color display, followed by the use of a touch screen system, a cheaper price, and ready-to-print capabilities.

Conclusion: In conclusion, our study demonstrated that current e-readers might not be suitable for reading dermatology journals. However, they may be utilized in selected situations according to the type and topic of the papers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)700-705
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Dermatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Dermatology
  • E ink display
  • Electronic readers
  • Gray-scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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