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From years, readers have been fascinated through the reading of printed book and the habit of marginalia. History has marked this practice of marginalia done by several renowned scholars of the past which still today portrays the thoughts and immense feelings of those scholars while reading their books. With the advent of technology, readings from printed texts towards the reading on an electronic version, marginalia attitude of readers seems declining. To inquire these behavioral differences of readers towards practicing marginalia over printed or electronic format this study is conducted. It has highlights the consequences they may face by the difference of medium for practicing marginalia. This study will help in revealing the potential requirements of readers for their marginalia practices on electronic text and will be useful for the digital reading devices and software developers to better satisfy the requirements of today’s e-readers.



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