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Usefulness, Enjoyment, and Self-Image Congruence: The Adoption of e-Book Readers


Correspondence regarding this article should be sent to: Carmen Camarero, Department of Business Administration and Marketing, University of Valladolid, Avenida del Valle Esgueva, 6-47011 Valladolid, Spain (


One challenge when launching new technologies is to overcome consumer resistance to change so as to accelerate market acceptance. This is the case of e-book readers. The present study investigates individuals’ perceptions of the utilitarian and hedonic values of such devices and their congruence with self-image as determinants of adoption. Additionally, consumer profile and familiarity with the new technology as a whole influence individuals’ perceptions of this particular technology and its congruence with self-image. Findings show that perceived enjoyment and self-image congruence complement perceived usefulness in forging a favorable attitude toward e-book readers and adoption intention, and that knowledge proves essential in the adoption process. Moreover, people highly involved with reading tend to perceive e-book readers as useless, which hampers their adoption.