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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to find out: gender, social and emotional factors as obstacles that influence Generation Z in using e-Books. Design/methodology/approach: The method in this study is exploratory quantitative research that was conducted by testing the factors that influence the use of e-Books by Generation Z. This study was analyzed using structure equation model, which involves regressions, measuring direct and indirect effects and path analysis. Social influence, emotional attachment and gender are suspected to be a barrier in the use of e-Books by Generation Z. Findings: The results of this study indicate that social influence and gender do not affect the use of e-Books, in which only emotional attachment directly affects the preference towards e-Book. Research limitations/implications: The limitation of this study is that the sample used is still in Generation Z in Indonesia so that further research can use samples from various countries. Practical implications: The results of this study can be used as a consideration for e-Books Publishers to create e-books as readers wish, for example, there is a special sound when opening e-Books, there is an easy feature to give notes in e-Books and features are presented to immediately see the link in the e-Books. Social Implications: Generation Z is actually ready to use e-Books for reading activities. However, there are several things that make them consider reading e-Books. what they consider is the ease of use and the usefulness of the E-Books for their daily needs. Therefore, managers of information institutions and information providers in Indonesia can at least consider what genre of e-books collection can be provided and for whom the e-books are intended. Originality/value: This research shows that Generation Z in choosing a reading format will be influenced by the intention of using the reading format, whereas the intention is influenced by the attitude in determining the reading format.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-282
Number of pages20
JournalDigital Library Perspectives
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2022


  • Emotional
  • Gender
  • Generation Z
  • Printed books
  • Social influence
  • e-book usage


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