Study: Readers’ Recall on E-Readers is Lower Than With Books

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A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were “significantly” worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience. The study, presented in Italy at a conference last month and set to be published as a paper, gave 50 readers the same short story by Elizabeth George to read. Half read the 28-page story on a Kindle, and half in a paperback, with readers then tested on aspects of the story including objects, characters and settings. Anne Mangen of Norway’s Stavanger University, a lead researcher on the study, thought academics might “find differences in the immersion facilitated by the device, in emotional responses” to the story.

Read the full story at The Guardian.




  1. Paula Lynn says:

    Which begs the question, do you rent your text books on line or do you buy them in paper ? Time is still an irreplaceable commodity.

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