Pratiques de lecture numérique chez les tunisiens

Translated title of the contribution: Digital reading practices among Tunisians

Abderrazak Mkadmi, Mohamed Ben Romdhane

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This article aims to reveal the different reading-writing practices and to know to what extent the new digital tools and environments have modified the behaviors and practices among readers of Tunisian libraries, of different ages and different academic levels. It is based on a field study, in the form of a questionnaire survey, conducted among 707 Tunisian readers who use university and public libraries and other documentary organizations. The main results of this study show that mobile technology has become the main tool for reading and that the digital book or e-book has become one of the media which, with its dematerialized format, is the real competitor of the paper book. As for digital documents, respondents have preferences rather for journal articles in PDF format, which they find on the web and download to read them, while using full-text search and note-taking on paper. The smartphone is considered the preferred hardware for digital reading. For applications, Facebook, Messenger and YouTube have become the most used communication and sharing tools. Ultimately, the article comes to the conclusion that affirms that reading in a digital world does not depend on a few technical and cognitive abilities, it also and above all depends on other socio-cultural, political and historical contexts. Finally, there is a question relating to the strategies of Arab countries for the development of digital resources, the supply of which remains very meager compared to that of European countries.
Translated title of the contributionDigital reading practices among Tunisians
Original languageFrench
Article number
Pages (from-to)167-200
Number of pages34
JournalRevue arabe d'archives, de documentation et d'information
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • reading-writing practices
  • Tunisia
  • Tunisian researcher

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