Analysis of Gaze Movement while Reading E-Books

Hideaki TAKAHIRA  Ryouichi ISHIKAWA  Kei KIKUCHI  Tatsuya SHINKAWA  Mitsuho YAMADA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E97-A    No.2    pp.530-533
Publication Date: 2014/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E97.A.530
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on Image Media Quality)
eye movement,  E-book,  saccade,  reading,  

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We investigated subjects' gaze movement when reading E-books and compared it with that when reading traditional paper books. By examining the eye motion associated with the reader encountering new lines and new pages during reading, we found that each new line was completed with one saccade in both E-books and paper books, but E-books and paper books differed in saccade patterns when the reader encountered a new page. In E-books, a regular eye movement such as steady gaze to the next page's start position was repeated. In contrast, in paper books, there is no regularity in eye movement during this transition. It was shown that reading behavior is variable and depends on the individual.