Friday, September 26, 2014

Vertical News: Pros and Cons of E-readers

An interesting article from about e-Readers. This follows this post about the Feast of Trumpets. For a free magazine subscription or to get the books recommended for free click HERE! or call 1-888-886- 8632.
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Vertical News: Pros and Cons of E-readers

While E-readers and tablets offer a convenient alternative to carrying around stacks of books… a new study finds that for certain aspects of comprehension, you may be better off with a paper book.

e-reader and book
Source: Amanda Stiver
A recent study, which included the participation of Stavanger University in Norway, found that when reading using a tablet type E-reader, like a Kindle or an iPad, participants in the study had increased difficulty putting elements of the plot in the right order. Other elements of comprehension were less impacted, such as emotional response to the story and setting, although a previous study showed that this was also an issue.
The study gave fifty participants a short story of twenty-eight pages with half of the group reading a paperback book and half reading on a digital reading device. After reading, the groups were given comprehension tests. Researchers believe that the “tactile feedback” of a paper book, being able to see how far along you are and how much you have left to read by the feel and weight of the book and pages, provides an important part of the reading comprehension process.
Scientists working on the study were eager to pursue more inquiries into the differences between various technologies and their previous counterparts to see what combination might be best for studying or teaching various topics, such as reading fiction vs. studying a topic in depth (Alison Flood, “Readers Absorb Less on Kindles Than on Paper, Study Finds,” The Guardian at the, August 19, 2014).

Know your needs…

While technology may appear, based on marketing, to be a seamless progression into the future, the reality is that various stages of technology co-exist and are useful for various purposes. Choosing an E-reader for some light reading or for travel may be a great option. However, if you want to get the most focused study on a topic and be clear about the order of events, such as in a book of the Bible, it might be more effective to use a paper book to re-enforce that aspect of your study rather than a tablet or smartphone edition of the Bible.
Learning to use technology, old or new, responsibly and effectively is a key aspect of character development as we strive to make the most of our relationship with God and his word, the Bible.

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