|07-20-2010, 03:06 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2010
Faster or Slower?
You may have heard about the recent study saying it takes longer to read an e-book than a paper book. (http://mashable.com/2010/07/02/ipad-...reading-study/). I was surprised to hear that because for me, it's just the opposite. I was astonished at much faster I tear through a book on my Kindle. I noticed this as soon as I started using it.
So I was wondering if it's just me, or if anyone else feels this way.
Faster or slower?
Andrew E. Kaufman/Author
|07-20-2010, 03:42 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Device: Kindle, iPad
No noticeable difference for me.
Maybe there's a difference between print and digital, but I read fast enough that it doesn't matter.
|07-20-2010, 07:23 PM||#5|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Device: NookHD+ & Kobo Touch eReader
For me, with text-only books I don't think there's a real speed difference between reading ebooks and physical books (pbooks). This is due to a couple of factors:
- Font size: I format my ebooks with a larger font (14 point) for comfortable reading so my ebooks tend to have many more pages than do my pbooks (most of which seem to have a font size that falls in the range of 10-12 points).
- Screen size: My ereader screen is slightly smaller than the text area of a paperback book resulting in an increase in the number of pages in my ebooks.
To illustrate the above points, I took a copy of the Project Gutenberg edition of "The Adventures Of Pinocchio" that I formatted for my ebook reader. Formatted that way, it had 496 pages. I reformatted it for the size of a standard paperback page with a font size of the main body at 12 points (I didn't reduce the size of the other text, such as chapter headings and so on). That reduced the number of pages to 281 (56 percent of the original ebook), a decrease of 215 pages.
These factors reduce my reading speed with my ereader, mainly because I have to turn pages more often. However, by formatting my ebooks the way I described I find my ebooks much easier to read than my pbooks, so it is worth the tradeoff.
|07-21-2010, 06:48 AM||#6|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Spaniard in Sweden
Device: Cybook Orizon
Ebook readers also tend to have shorter lines, and either large blank spaces or ragged margins. Both things are likely to decrease reading speed in a single page.
|07-21-2010, 06:59 AM||#7|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Device: Nokia e71, Ipod Touch, Sony PRS 300
I think it's slower, but a lot more. Since I have my reader everywhere with me, I can read in a lot of occasion
|07-21-2010, 07:25 AM||#8|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Device: HTC Flyer; BBMini; Sony PRS650
No idea, I never timed myself reading a book. Besides, not all books read the same. There are books I'll devourer and there are books that require a bit more time because they're more difficult to read. They might even be from the same author!
|07-21-2010, 07:32 AM||#9|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Fargo ND
Device: Ectaco Jetbook& Jetbook Lite
Faster without a doubt.
No pause while your eyes shift from left page to right.
No repositioning the book to make the light hit it right.
No pause to turn page and reposition back to left page.
Just push the button and keep the words rolling.
Normally I can turn page as reading the last line and then shift to the top and continue on the next page with no wait or delay.
|07-21-2010, 07:36 AM||#10|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: San Borja (Lima), Peru
Device: Kindle PW2 (WiFi)/ Fire HD; Kindle DX-G; KoboGlo & Mini; Ipad Air
I read faster and I read more....and my wrists are still intact after devouring Vollmann's massive tomes.
|07-21-2010, 12:37 PM||#12|
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: The Olympic Peninsula on the OTHER Washington! (the big green clean one on the west coast!)
Device: Kindle, the original! Times Two! and gifting an International Kindle
absolutely faster. when I misplaced my Kindle for a day I was reduced to a p-book. the constant fussing with page turns, finding a comfortable way to hold it and so on REALLY distracts from the whole reading process
|07-21-2010, 12:49 PM||#13|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern California
Device: Kindle PW, PRS-650, iPhone 4, iPad 4
I think I'm slightly faster with p-books. I might read a typical printed page faster (longer lines, higher contrast). Page turns are close in speed, my eyes still have to move from the bottom of the e-reader to the top. Surely doesn't bother me since I've read almost exclusively on e-readers for the past couple of years.
|07-21-2010, 02:24 PM||#14|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Device: Onyx Boox RIP, Iphone 4, ipad 3, Sony PRS-T1
Definitely faster. With pb I would sneak peeks at the end of a chapter and end of book . Or I would check further along in the book how a problem got solved.
With the ebook I just keep reading and it saves me a lot of time not to jump all over the book plus it makes it more enjoyable this way.
Also some of the small print pb make them more difficult and slow for me to read. With the ebook I can adjust the font size.
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