Paper or plastic? How do you like to read?


Posted by Kris (with a "K") In an age were digital is becoming king, do you ever wonder what this means for your reading experience. I'm sure you've thought about this and have your own opinions, already.

Do you prefer the smell of an old book? The weight of it in your hands?

Or the dim light from a screen, from which you can tweet or search the text within?

Whatever suits your fancy, this much is clear: What it means to read has changed dramatically, and this change will only continue for the time being.

Here's a link to an article that explores this changing landscape we once called reading.

And here's a few lines that really stood out to me:

The book in your hand or on your coffee table is a public statement about who you are. Ereaders are, therefore, useful in getting over concerns with image and providing a kind of licence for us to follow our curiosity and interests more.


With other issues, it isn’t obvious whether the drawbacks are inherent or not. For instance, Campbell explains how we create “cognitive maps” of what we’re reading, which include visual memories of whether certain passages were top of a left-hand page, for example, and kinaesthetic information based on heft and bulk, which tells us how much we have left to read. That helps explain why Benedetto has found that “scrolling impairs the spatial memory”, making it more difficult to find your way around a text. However, as Campbell, says, we’ve learnt how to create cognitive maps unconsciously, through years of reading, and it could be that people raised on ereaders simply won’t rely on the same cues and will instead use searchable keywords and toolbar data to navigate around. This might actually be more efficient.







And just for fun...