Are E-Books Harder to Remember?


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Today on the Jesse Millette blog, I’m writing about a very interesting subject that everyone seems to open their ears for.



They have taken the publishing industry by storm. Some say for good and others say for bad but what we can all agree on is that E-books have made a huge impact and a lot of money for distributors like

Although E-Books are convenient, light and quicker to purchase, they do have their downsides.

An article from Telegraph Books is reporting that not only has a study been conducted in Norway but the results are in and it has been found that people who read E-Books remember less about the story they have read.

Researchers gave 50 people a 28-page short story by Elizabeth George to read. Half of the participants read the story on a Kindle, and half in paperback form. They were then tested on what they remembered.

Those who had read the story as an ebook found it much harder to remember its events in the right order than those who had read it in paperback.

Anne Mangen, a researcher behind this study at Stavanger University had this to say:

“When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right. Perhaps this somehow aids the reader, providing more fixity and solidity to the reader’s sense of unfolding and progress of the text, and hence the story.”

Mangen hopes that her research will lead to recommending which books are best for digital and which are better for the printed page from a memory point of view.

What do you think about this? Comment your views! After reading a book, are you only bothered about remembering the general story? Or do you want to be able to remember the finer details? Questions, questions, questions! Oh, where would we be without them? In a very boring world I should think!

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