Research: Readers remember less story to read on e-readers




Readers who read a book on an e-reader to remember less of the plot than in a paper book readers that read the same story, so say European scientists who were investigating the reading habits of the two media.

In the study, a group of fifty readers read a short story of 28 pages of author Elizabeth George. One half used a Kindle e-reader to read the text, while the other half took the story via a paperback. Then, the readers were asked about things like plot, characters, structure and various scenes, so writes The Guardian.

The study shows that both groups broadly interpret the story in an identical manner, but that Kindle readers considerably more difficulty to reconstruct than readers who read a normal book the plot. This would prove the reader to rank. Fourteen events in the story in the correct order Users of Kindle performed while substandard.

One possible cause could be the “physical feedback ‘that provides a book. It feels like the reader to the number of pages read how far he has progressed, which is impossible on an e-reader in a book. This feedback readers of a paper book would be able to better focus on the story told. A Norwegian study previously held among students at an elementary school would further show that the level of reading comprehension in printed texts on average is higher than when reading the same text in PDF form on a computer screen.

The researchers say they want to give the question of what form can be used for a particular text is best used with their handles research publishers: print or digital. Education also can benefit from the findings.



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