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Study Says E-Books Take Longer to Read

CNN recently outlined an interesting study on the speed of reading e-books versus printed books. Sure, the study has a relatively small sample size of 24 and gives some disclaimers about differences in reading speed not being statistically significant, but the general idea strikes me as significant.

So here’s what the study says: compared to reading a conventional printed book, people using e-readers read at speeds between 6.2 and 10.5 percent slower on the iPad and Kindle.

I’m actually surprised that the iPad boasted the “faster” designation of 6.2 percent, as I expected the e-ink of the Kindle to put it ahead of the glowy iPad screen. However, the iPad seems to switch pages faster than the Kindle, and its page switch is less distracting, so maybe that’s the golden ticket.

Personally, I still can’t grapple with the idea of giving up printed books for their cooler, electronic brethren. I’ve only used the iPad and Kindle at the mall/friend’s houses, but I’ve had no urge to ditch print. Along with other reasons, I just think print is a richer, more immersive experience. Apparently it’s more efficient too.

Still, in the end, I’ll put my betting money on overall convenience winning out and e-books dominating the marketplace. No one really wants to lug heavy backpacks of textbooks or cart around hardcovers in their carry-on luggage, and the study reports that ratings for the overall experience of reading on devices versus print were extremely close. As for me–my personal, book-buying money will still go towards pulpy paper and dog-eared pages.

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I Heart Harry Potter

How do you know when you’re a big-deal celebrity type? No, it’s not when you can pay people to remove the thorns from roses for you. It’s when you’re an author and the slightest wink of a whisper of a hint that you may write another book about a certain bespectacled young wizard makes CNN’s front page.

That’s right, J.K. Rowling might, one day, write another book about Harry Potter! Squeal!  No release date named other than “the not-too-distant-future” (that’s the release date for my novel too, by the way), and no real promise that the next book will actually even be a Potter book.  Still, she is apparently not ruling out another Harry Potter novel. And that’s enough to make me smile.

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