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Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

The Importance Of Research On Reading Habits

A study found that students who read texts in print scored significantly better on the reading comprehension test than students who read the texts digitally. Empirical evidence also indicates that affordances of screen devices might negatively impact cognitive and emotional aspects of reading.

These studies add to the much-needed body of research on the effects of media substrate on humans. It’s important to provide research and evidence-based knowledge to publishers on what kind of devices (iPad, Kindle, print) should be used for what kind of content. 

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Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

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The Importance Of Research On Reading Habits

A study found that students who read texts in print scored significantly better on the reading comprehension test than students who read the texts digitally. Empirical evidence also indicates that affordances of screen devices might negatively impact cognitive and emotional aspects of reading.

These studies add to the much-needed body of research on the effects of media substrate on humans. It’s important to provide research and evidence-based knowledge to publishers on what kind of devices (iPad, Kindle, print) should be used for what kind of content. 

Event Recall On Different Reading Substrates

A new study compared people reading from a Kindle and paperback and found that, although the emotional response and immersion were similar between the groups, readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse at recalling the order of events in a mystery story.

One of the theories about that is that the decreasing number of pages on the right side of the book as we read paperback is used by the brain as a marker to order events. 

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