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

By Alan Ng - Jul 6, 2010

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.

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?

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