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The purpose of this study is to compare primary school 5th-class students’ electronic text reading
performance, reading speed and reading comprehension with tablet PCs and printed books. This
study examined a sample of 20 students. The students were randomly divided into two groups, a
control group and a treatment group. The control group students read ordinary printed books, and
the students in the treatment group read the same text on an electronic tablet PC display. Both
qualitative and quantitative data collection tools were used for the study. Qualitative data were
collected on the reading speed and reading comprehension skills for both groups of students.
Statistically, there was no significant difference between the groups in reading speed or the level of
reading comprehension. Students’ opinions on tablet PCs and recommendations for future studies are
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