Digitisation and the ongoing innovation of new media platforms, networks, and technologies have radically altered the way in which young readers source, consume and interact with literary and non-literary texts. Not only consumers, young people are producers of a range of digital practices around books, reading, learning, and the creation of social identities.
The digital ecology of reading connects not only young people, but also the creative professionals such as teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers and authors, who work with them. Our projects investigate the role of reading culture in everyday lives, and the social benefits that flow from increased engagement of teens with reading for pleasure.
Our scholars work with a wide variety of industry and government partners to explore new ways to promote young people’s access to and engagement with reading, writing and creative production.