English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de eBook Беларуская: Фотаздымак электроннай кнігі Русский: Фотография электронной книги (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This week the New York Times takes a look at print vs. eBook behaviors.
People are ditching eBooks for print, citing the “feeling of a print book…absorbing and pleasurable.” Researchers even proved that students who use print score higher on exams because of print’s “immersive experience” (as explained in The Allure of the Print Book)
On the flip side, technology companies are trying to develop apps that mimic the print experience while adding value. As outlined in Out of Print, Maybe, but Not out of Mind, the physical design of print books are limited. eBooks can include additional features, like built-in dictionaries.
These two articles bring up interesting points about the “experience” of reading.
- What are the pros and cons of reading a eBook vs. a print version?
- Is there really a difference between carrying a devise vs. a bounded bunch of paper?
- What does the “immersive experience” really mean?