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05-08-2011, 01:52 AM
The University of Washington released the results of a study today which is tracking a select group of gradate student’s study behaviors and integrates the Amazon Kindle DX. (

Here are some findings from the study:

Of the students who continued to use the device, some read near a computer so they could look up references or do other tasks that were easier to do on a computer. Others tucked a sheet of paper into the case so they could write notes.
With paper, three quarters of students marked up texts as they read. This included highlighting key passages, underlining, drawing pictures and writing notes in margins.
A drawback of the Kindle DX was the difficulty of switching between reading techniques, such as skimming an article’s illustrations or references just before reading the complete text. Students frequently made such switches as they read course material

Too bad Entourage wasn't part of the study since the EE addresses all of these shortcomings.

05-08-2011, 02:58 AM
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05-08-2011, 03:49 AM
Good point, Dumas! And an interesting study. I'll check the other thread, too! ;)

05-09-2011, 11:14 AM
We already have a thread on this topic:

Please continue this discussion there.

I'm not sure why we can't have an Edge-focused discussion here, though. I would never have seen this in the other forum. The OP was clearly referring to the points in the study relevant to the functions of the edge.

05-09-2011, 04:30 PM
I agree with you, Sarah! :)

On the other hand, it can't hurt to let people out in the wider world of MobileRead in on what eDGe users know. ;)

One point to discuss here is, why aren't there studies like this using the eDGe? I would like to know what happened with the project in Egypt, for instance. Was it a whole school, or just a classroom that got eDGes for their studies? How did that work out?