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Old 10-24-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Reading a Book Versus a Screen: Different Reading Devices

Interesting article.

A book or a screen – which of these two offers more reading comfort? There are no disadvantages to reading from electronic reading devices compared with reading printed texts.

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Old 10-24-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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Interesting article.

A book or a screen – which of these two offers more reading comfort? There are no disadvantages to reading from electronic reading devices compared with reading printed texts.

More here!

Please tell that to my eyes after reading on my computer monitor for an hour or so...
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:30 PM   #3
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Please tell that to my eyes after reading on my computer monitor for an hour or so...
Or even a few seconds on that article... Tiny black text on a huge, bright white background isn't very easy on the eyes.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:38 PM   #4
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It seems to also be focused entirely on reading speed and comprehension as the criteria. If I'm reading a single journal article, yeah, it probably doesn't make a difference. It's when you're staring at it for 5 hours at a time that it can take a toll on you.
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:43 AM   #5
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I think it's a purely cultural thing. You're very used to one thing, and thus don't like that other thing.

Imagine the following test:

Take x children, aged 0. Never ever give them a book made from paper, but only ereader devices. Tablets, e-ink readers, any form as long as it's not paper.

Take a second group, also consisting of x children, aged 0. Never give them an ereader device, but only paper books. Hardcovers, soft covers, paperbacks, any form as long as it's not electronic.


Now, once they've turned 18, switch book reading methods. Then, when they're 20, ask them which format they prefer...
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Please tell that to my eyes after reading on my computer monitor for an hour or so...
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Or even a few seconds on that article... Tiny black text on a huge, bright white background isn't very easy on the eyes.

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I think it's a purely cultural thing. You're very used to one thing, and thus don't like that other thing.

Imagine the following test:

Take x children, aged 0. Never ever give them a book made from paper, but only ereader devices. Tablets, e-ink readers, any form as long as it's not paper.

Take a second group, also consisting of x children, aged 0. Never give them an ereader device, but only paper books. Hardcovers, soft covers, paperbacks, any form as long as it's not electronic.


Now, once they've turned 18, switch book reading methods. Then, when they're 20, ask them which format they prefer...
Quite probably they might say that it is easier for their eyes.
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Or even a few seconds on that article... Tiny black text on a huge, bright white background isn't very easy on the eyes.
Not only that, but also the spacing between the lines...
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:17 AM   #8
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Excellent! Thanks for posting that Wodin!

Love this part:

However, the result of the study stands in stark contrast with the participants' subjective reaction. "Almost all of the participants stated that they liked reading a printed book best. This was the dominant subjective response, but it does not match the data obtained from the study," specifies Professor Dr. Matthias Schlesewsky, Head of the Research Group Neurocognition of Language Universals of the Department of English and Linguistics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, who designed and conducted the study together with Professor Füssel. In fact, tablet PCs actually provide an advantage over e-ink readers and the printed page that is not consciously perceivable: the information is processed more easily when a tablet PC is employed. Furthermore, while there were no differences between the three media employed in terms of rates of reading by the younger participants, the older participants exhibited faster reading times when using the tablet PC.
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Thanks Kenny,

I didn't offer an opinion either way, only an article that purports to be objective.

My personal experience is consistent with the findings, I prefer using a tablet; but not for the reasons stated. I use my tablet for many other things besides reading, it’s just that since I always have it with me, and so also use it to read.
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I prefer my Sony 505 in the sunlight, but use my Xoom for most of my reading around the house.
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