Paper books or ebooks?


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.”

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1593) The Librarian circa 1570 oil on canvas Skokloster Castle
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527–1593)
The Librarian
circa 1570
oil on canvas
Skokloster Castle

“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?

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4 pensieri su “Paper books or ebooks?

  1. I totally agree/ not agree with you. I love books, i love their smell, i love big bookcases…but actually i don’t have more space in my bedroom, or in my lounge. Moreover when i travel i prefer to have something to read( 4/5 books) but sometimes i can’t afford them in my baggage. At last the Problem, with a capital P: i phisically need more and more books, but i also don’t have enough money. It you put all this togheter, the only solution is to buy ( i know it’s very sad) a new ebook-reader! At the beginning i was very critical, but now i can absolutely say it was the best thing i could do. The books are cheaper, i can travel wih how many books i desire and my room doesn’t expand indefinitely for allow more books. The last hurdle was that i anyway prefer real books, and for this too i had a very practical solution, when i read a new book on my e-reader and i really enjoy it, i buy it from the bookshop.

    Sorry for my soliloquy, i hope it helped you. 🙂

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