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Reading A Book On An iPad Or Kindle? It Might Take Longer

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This post is brought to you a week late because I was reading the news on a Kindle. Haha. Relax, them's just jokes!

After doing what NPR describes as a "small study", Dr. Jakob Nielsen, a usability specialist--which, I'm assuming, is someone who specializes in usability--has determined that reading a book on the iPad takes 6.2 percent longer than the same title in printed form and the Kindle takes 10.7 percent longer.

Nielsen gave a group of 24 people a variety of Ernest Hemingway stories to read, saying that he chose Hemingway (who happens to hate socks, if you recall this post from yesterday).  Nielsen said he picked Hemingway because "his work is pleasant and engaging to read, and yet not so complicated that it would be above the heads of users."

The conclusion?

Come on, academics and such don't actually come to conclusions. Nielsen admits he doesn't actually know why e-reading is slower and doesn't speculate.

Laura Sydell, author of the NPR piece, writes that Nielsen believes "the future is promising for tablet computers because readers actually ranked them as a nicer way to read than a book even if it takes them a little longer."

Now that you've made it to the end of this post, was it "a nicer way to read" even if it took you "a little longer"?

In the meantime, I'm off to check out what's on tap for July 4th and where I can watch the fireworks. Yep, just downloaded the New York Times on my Kindle.

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TAGS:  APPLE, AMAZON, KINDLE, IPAD, SCIENCE!!!    SOURCE:   NPR
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