Ebooks Take Longer to Read: iPad and Kindle Vs Real Books

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Some interesting news to bring you now, as it has been revealed in a recent study that it takes longer to read a book on an ebook on devices such as the Apple iPad or Amazon Kindle, than it does on a standard printed book.

As reported from CNN, the study has come from Jakob Nielsen, who is a member of the product development consultancy Nielsen Norman Group. According to the study, reading speeds were 10.7 percent slower on the Kindle and 6.2 percent slower on the iPad than normal reading speeds.

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Tests were conducted by 24 participants, who were given the same sample to read using print, an iPad and a Kindle. It took roughly 17 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the passage of text, with participants voting that the printed book of the text was the most enjoyable compared to using the iPad or Kindle.

For regular users of ebooks on both devices, what are your thoughts on this? How do you compare using an ebook to a real book?

  • http://www.facebook.com/leanne.wels LeAnne Wels

    I have had a NOOK since February and I've read more magazines and ebooks since then, than I read all last year. The reasons are simple, it's small enough to take with me everywhere and I can make the print large enough to read without my glasses. I don't know if I would read a printed page faster than my NOOK page, but I know I enjoyed reading on the beach wearing sunglasses, not reading glasses. Not to mention the added perk of being able to download a book for my 7 year nephew in the middle of 95 when we were caught in a huge traffic jam, the phones died, the DS died, but he had a new book to read!

  • ChrisA

    I find these results surprising. As a long-time Kindle user, I feel as if I can read much faster than with paper. My guess is that these users were not previous e-reader users, and that they are not used to flipping pages with an e-reader.
    There is a raging debate in our household on paper vs. e-book. Some just like the feel (and even smell) of books.
    When I can get a new book delivered right to me at 1am, 30 seconds after I ordered it, then maybe I will reconsider paper again!

  • guest

    I cannot agree with the findings of this study! Since I have had my Kindle I have had a MORE relaxing read time than before. I still enjoy holding and reading actual books, however, I am just as fast completing a novel on the Kindle as on a real book. It is also wonderful for travel, as I am not packing severla books and adding to the weight of luggage. The Kindle fits in my purse, and it is ideal for reading while on a treadmill. I wouldn't trade mine at all.

  • Ann Nicholson

    I disagree with the findings. Possibly reading a passage is faster, but I have found that I read books much faster and much more regularly using a Kindle. It's easy to take with me, it bookmarks itself (no lost bookmarks). I have, in fact, gone back to Amazon and bought the Kindle version on a number of books that I had in paperback version and just couldn't get around to reading. I absolutely adore my Kindle and how easy it is to grab it and go. It's rather like the difference in a cell phone and a landline.

  • Emily

    I received a Kindle for a X-mas gift. As I can fully agree that many people read more books/ magazines/ etc. on it, I think this might be due to the fact that the device is readliy available to them wherever they are at. Having a new paper book on hand when finish the last one is always the easiest thing to do. But I think that my reading speeds are about the same with ebooks as with paper. But I will admit to being one of the weird ones who like the touch and feel of real paper over the ebook.

  • Emily

    I received a Kindle for a X-mas gift. As I can fully agree that many people read more books/ magazines/ etc. on an e-reader it, I think this might be due to the fact that the device is readliy available to them wherever they are at, and with a wide selection at hand. Having a new paper book on hand when you finish the last one is not always the easiest thing to do. I think that my reading speeds are about the same with ebooks as with paper. But I will admit to being one of the weird ones who like the touch and feel of real paper over the ebook. Plus numerous books I have read or wanted to read have not be available for Kindle.

  • kerrie

    I think that study is crap….I have had my kindle for over a year now. And I read way faster on it then in print. I do however believe that when switching from one to the other that there is a little adjustment period. So a few pages. When I switch kindle to print I feel so slow.

  • Stacey

    Personal experience aside, this is not a "study," it was barely large enough to be called market research, there's no mentions of control groups or pre-testing standards. Hardly scientific. But I guess that's what we get for "news, " now.