Librotherapy and dyslexia: beyond the compensatory value of the e-book


  • Annamaria Curatola
  • Paola Surace


This paper aims to demonstrate the effectiveness
of book therapy in treating the emotional
disturbances of people with DSA.
Since the early 1900s today, book therapy
has been experiencing unceasing and widespread
development, so much so that it is
increasingly used in hospitals, prisons, schools,
libraries and psychiatric clinics. Where
possible, it is not uncommon to use Book
therapy instead of, pharmacological treatments.
With the development of technology
the traditional paper book was joined with
the digital book (ebook). Both, with their
own characteristics and potential, can contribute
to the treatment of emotional disturbances.
The last part of the work is focused
on the pedagogical and formative value of
narration and autobiography. Through a detailed
analysis of the literature, the article
documents how the ebook, in case of presence
of DSA, is able to be more than just a
“compensatory tool” and become a real therapy.



How to Cite

Curatola, A., & Surace, P. (2017). Librotherapy and dyslexia: beyond the compensatory value of the e-book. ITALIAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, (18), 199–214. Retrieved from