Friday, September 12, 2014

A Potentially Alarming Study

Caitlin Dewey's article, "Why You Might Want to Ditch Your E-reader and Go Back to Printed Books," published in the Washington Post on August 21st, cited a recent study on reading comprehension.  Although the results were certainly far from conclusive, evidence suggests that those turning the pages of "real" books understood the plot line considerably better than those reading the identical text on Kindle.  

The article did not provide actual numbers (which would certainly have helped!), and the sample was alarmingly small (only fifty people, total, with twenty-five each for the printed volume and the Kindle).  Still, the outcome is disturbing, and further study appears warranted.  

The text appears at http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/08/21/why-you-might-want-to-ditch-your-e-reader-and-go-back-to-printed-books/ .



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