Being a Better Online Reader, Reading Online vs. On Paper, from The @NewYorker

Maria Konnikova at The New Yorker discusses the differences between reading online and reading on paper:

One of her main hypotheses is that the physical presence of a book—its heft, its feel, the weight and order of its pages—may have more than a purely emotional or nostalgic significance. People prefer physical books, not out of old-fashioned attachment but because the nature of the object itself has deeper repercussions for reading and comprehension. “Anecdotally, I’ve heard some say it’s like they haven’t read anything properly if they’ve read it on a Kindle. The reading has left more of an ephemeral experience,” she told me. Her hunch is that the physicality of a printed page may matter for those reading experiences when you need a firmer grounding in the material. The text you read on a Kindle or computer simply doesn’t have the same tangibility.

Read the full article here.


2 thoughts on “Being a Better Online Reader, Reading Online vs. On Paper, from The @NewYorker

  1. At the risk of sounding like a lunatic, I love the feel of a book in my hands, the smell of the ink on the paper and there seems to be a power in the pages that pulls me in before I even open the cover. Reading from the IPad and computer is interesting and can be fun, but a paper book is like a love affair

    • Yes! I knew I was feeling a different level of engagement somehow, but im didn’t have the words to describe it before reading this article. Maybe that’s why I have been buying so many books from the thrift stores to read!

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