My library is becoming more and more heavy, dust collects between the pages of books. That’s the reason why I considered to buy an e-reader. But I revealed an exhausted debate, and paper books seem to remain favorites!
According to a new study conducted in Norway, people reading e-books give the impression to have fewer memories than if they’d read the same text on paper. Anne Mangen, researcher at Stavanger University, said: “The Kindle readers performed significantly worse on the plot reconstruction measure when they were asked to place 14 events in the correct order.”
“When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right,” said Mangen. “Perhaps this somehow aids the reader, providing more fixity and solidity to the reader’s sense of unfolding and progress of the text, and hence the story.”
So the most important problem is that research shows that the amount of time spent reading long-form texts is in decline, and due to digitization, reading is becoming more intermittent and fragmented.
Therefore I will try to put up with a little dust, rather than decrease my memory!
And you, do you agree?