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eBook readers literally can't follow the plot

(Human readers, that is; not tablets.) Look at the bottom finding:

One can only speculate why that would be. I wonder if a different style of writing is needed for reading onscreen, and what it would be like.

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Submitted by Dromaius on

I have always preferred to read hard copy. I'm not sure what it is, the tactile nature of it? I can take a pencil and scribble on what I'm reading or underline words. Online, even if I use markup tools, it isn't the same. We humans seem to need to touch things to understand them, and apparently this is the case even with words.

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Submitted by paintedjaguar on

Yep. When I pick up a book to evaluate whether I want to read it or not, I'll skim the cover blurb, then just riffle through it, pausing to glance at a page here and there, but not usually reading more than a sentence or two on a given page. This gives me a feel for the "flavor" of the book -- the chapter structure and the style, tone and density of the writing.

I don't know if other people do the same thing, but I can't do this with an ebook. Not even with Amazon's "Look Inside" thingy.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

That would be "texting style," which for so many millions weaned on (or late-coming to) communicating via that medium seems to have rewired brain areas that expand or shrink depending on the reductionism of communication/speech.

I don't think a citizenry that defaults to "r u kidding me" or "lol" is capable of wrapping heads around something like the 12 Plank Platform. Unless it could be reduced to a single tweet.

Feeling a bit cranky about the subject :)