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Assessing the intention to use e‐book among engineering undergraduates in Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Malathi Letchumanan (Institute for Mathematical Research, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)
Rohani Tarmizi (Laboratory of Statistical Services and Computing, Institute for Mathematical Research, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 6 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the intention of using e‐books as learning material among undergraduates from an engineering department by using the technology acceptance model (TAM) and gender as its external variable.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey through questionnaire was conducted to collect data from the respondents. Data from 169 respondents who had experience in using e‐book were analyzed in terms of factor analysis and structural equation modeling.

Results

The analysis shows that perceived ease of use is positively related to perceived usefulness. Perceived usefulness has significant effect on attitude and intention to use e‐books. Meanwhile, attitude has significant effect on intention to use. However, perceived ease of use has no significant effect on attitude towards using e‐books. In addition, gender appeared to have no significant effects either on perceived ease of use or perceived usefulness.

Research limitations/implications

The study did not utilize the entire TAM where actual technology use is not included in this study.

Practical implications

The study is important in terms of obtaining better understanding of e‐book reading intention among engineering undergraduates who are the real users of e‐books. By obtaining the respondents' perception on their intentions, action can be taken on how to motivate the non‐users of e‐books to form the intention to use e‐books.

Originality/value

This is believed to be the first published study of engineering undergraduates' intention on using e‐books in Universiti Putra Malaysia.

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Citation

Letchumanan, M. and Tarmizi, R. (2011), "Assessing the intention to use e‐book among engineering undergraduates in Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 512-528. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378831111174459

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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