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Old 06-22-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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E-readers provide the opportunity to analyse reading in real time like never before by simply logging what we read and when. Wouldn't it be interesting to know:
  • How long did I spend reading a book (both elapsed time and reading time)?
  • What is my reading speed?
  • Do I read faster or slower than others?
  • How long do most people take to read this book?
  • How much longer will it take me to reach the end of the chapter/the end of the book?
  • What percentage of readers carried on reading beyond this point?
  • When is the good bit (where other readers couldn't put the book down) coming?
  • Where did readers get bogged down?
  • ...

Readers, writers and publishers would all benefit from these insights so why are e-readers not recording the data? Or are they? Am I missing something? Is there any add-in software that does this?
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:59 AM   #2
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I love data and would enjoy parsing a pile of that, but I wouldn't pay a penny more for my reader to be metrics enabled and a lot of people would cry foul is the manufacturer or proxies collected the data.

That said, maybe some enterprising coder will develop an app for that!
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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Built in to the ereader? No thanks. Don't do loyalty cards and block webbugs. No need for advertisers to have any more information on me than they already have.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:03 PM   #4
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Personally, I always find that as soon as I begin quantifying anything, it becomes less of a hobby and more of a job. I just don't feel the need to "keep score" on my reading.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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Personally, I always find that as soon as I begin quantifying anything, it becomes less of a hobby and more of a job. I just don't feel the need to "keep score" on my reading.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #6
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If someone wants to create an app, feel free to do so. It doesn't interest me. I read at the speed that I read, I'm not interested in what speed others read.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:21 PM   #7
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I read a lot today. If things work out like I plan, I'll read a lot tomorrow. That's all the "reading data" I'm willing to provide anyone (including myself) with at this time.
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:54 PM   #8
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What DD said.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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I read a lot today. If things work out like I plan, I'll read a lot tomorrow. That's all the "reading data" I'm willing to provide anyone (including myself) with at this time.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #10
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E-readers provide the opportunity to analyse reading in real time like never before by simply logging what we read and when. Wouldn't it be interesting to know:
  • How long did I spend reading a book (both elapsed time and reading time)?
  • What is my reading speed?
  • Do I read faster or slower than others?
  • How long do most people take to read this book?
  • How much longer will it take me to reach the end of the chapter/the end of the book?
  • What percentage of readers carried on reading beyond this point?
  • When is the good bit (where other readers couldn't put the book down) coming?
  • Where did readers get bogged down?
  • ...

...snip...
No... would take time away from reading and having a life...
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:53 PM   #11
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While it would be cool to see, I probably wouldn't look at it past a book or two just for the novelty of the data.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:09 PM   #12
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E-readers provide the opportunity to analyse reading in real time like never before by simply logging what we read and when. Wouldn't it be interesting to know:
  • How long did I spend reading a book (both elapsed time and reading time)?
  • What is my reading speed?
  • Do I read faster or slower than others?
  • How long do most people take to read this book?
  • How much longer will it take me to reach the end of the chapter/the end of the book?
  • What percentage of readers carried on reading beyond this point?
  • When is the good bit (where other readers couldn't put the book down) coming?
  • Where did readers get bogged down?
  • ...

Readers, writers and publishers would all benefit from these insights so why are e-readers not recording the data? Or are they? Am I missing something? Is there any add-in software that does this?
In order to do this, you would need your reader to send stats to some central server in order to give you the data. I don't think a lot of people would actually like this.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:07 PM   #13
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The Kobo Touch records a lot of these stats with its Reading Life feature.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:12 PM   #14
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If I knew exactly how little time I spend daily reading, I'd be quite depressed.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:53 PM   #15
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The reading stats screen in Duokan offers a few of the personal reading stats. Not all that exciting after you look at it a few times, you only confirm that some authors and styles take a whole lot longer to read
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