Study shows readers absorb less information when reading on a Kindle
Researchers at Stavanger University in Norway have found that people tend to absorb less information when reading on a Kindle versus printed paper. After being asked to read a short story written by Elizabeth George, people using a Kindle performed significantly worse on a test that measured plot reconstruction than did those that read the same story from a printed paperback book. The team has not published their results yet but did present what they've found to a group at a conference in Italy recently.
As ebooks become more popular, scientists (and educators) have begun to wonder if the experience a reader gets from reading using an electronic device is different from that experienced by those reading words printed on paperâ€”or more specifically, if the experience is better or worse. The team at Stavanger asked fifty people to read a 28 page short story, and then to take a test afterwards to see...
I thought I could a cute comment that most of the stuff that people read on a Kindle isn't worth remembering But, I see that the researchers took that out of the equation, or perhaps when something isn't worth remembering it is better to read it on a Kindle because you can forget it faster?