Yesterday, PC World reported findings of a study conducted by Dr. Jakob Nielson that suggests people read slower on e-readers like the Kindle and iPad than they do paperbacks.
I know for a fact I read faster on a Kindle, and therefore, I was surprised by the results. Until I took a good look at the article. Nielson’s sample consisted of only 24 people. In addition, the readers sampled read short stories by Ernest Hemingway. I think if we really want to learn whether or not people read more slowly on the Kindle, the sample size needs to be much larger if it is going to represent the population, and a variety of types of reading should be part of the experiment. As it is, the difference in reading time on the iPad versus paperback amounted to about a minute, whereas the Kindle time was almost two minutes longer.
Other book news:
Other anniversaries this week:
July 7, 1930, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died.
July 8, 1822, Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned off the coast of Italy. July 8, 2004 YA and children’s author Paula Danziger died. (I loved her books The Cat Ate My Gymsuit and There’s a Bat in Bunk Five when I was a tween/teen.)
July 9, 1764, Ann Radcliffe, better known as Mrs. Radcliffe, the author of The Mysteries of Udolpho that served as inspiration for Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, was born. Famed romance novelist Dame Barbara Cartland was born on July 9, 1901. Dean R. Koontz was born July 9, 1945.