Since I’m a technophile, an article on reading and specifically about readers using digital media is of reasonable interest to me. Personally, I tend to prefer reading e-books (using my iPad) because of the auxiliary resources easily available to me. For example, highlighting a word to learn its definition and/or synonym is much quicker on my iPad than if I were using print media. Sharing my book with friends via Twitter, Goodreads.com or Facebook is something I enjoy. So highlighting a passage and tweeting about it is far easier (i.e., no typing required) and more likely to happen when I’m reading via my iPad. Sharing while reading on a computing device is nearly instantaneous.
I mean, think about it. Even if you have a tablet or computer handy, how likely is it you’ll stop reading your printed book, access your device to bring up a browser page, enter terms to commence a search for definitions or more information about the book’s subject matter?
I found a recent study by Pew on the subject of the increase in e-reading to be informative and enlightening. The results of the study is many pages long containing several sections on the who, what, when and where of readers and the things they are reading – if at all. It’s interesting to note that reading eBooks actually increases reading in general. Check it out:
The differences among e-book reading device owners is the last section in the study. There is a ton of information available beyond the small area I’ve touched on in this post.