While the entire world is transitioning into digitally smart and technological, the love for books by bookworms will never dwindle as 92% of the population still prefer to read hardback physical books over online book reading or e-readers.
In a recent survey carried out by a linguist of American University Naomi Baron, through which she found out that a large number of bookworms, as well as moderate number of readers, love the smell of hardback papers as a result, they will always choose to read physical books anytime over kindle or online book reading facilities.
Naomi Baron selected a sample of 300 students from various universities located in US, Japan, Germany and Slovakia for finding out their reading preference. When given the choice between physical books and e-readers, she found out that readers are able to concentrate more on reading paperback physical books.
According to Baron, she stated two major issues involving e-readers to The New Republic
“There are two big issues. The first was they say they get distracted, pulled away to other things, and the readers also suffer from eye strain, headache as well as physical discomfort.”
I mean being a professional writer, reading is must do an activity that I need to practice every day; as a result, the sight of paperback physical books will always cheer me up.
“In the Slovakian data, when I asked what do you like most about reading in hard copy, one out of 10 talked about the smell of books. There really is a physical, tactile, kinesthetic component to reading.”
However, there was no significant difference found when the students were provided comprehension passage in a test to find out their preferred reading medium, so good news for the Kindle lovers or maybe even iPad.
“Generally speaking, if you give standardized tests on comprehension of passages, the results are about the same on a screen or on hard copy.”
I think there is still a few things technology can never replace and physical books are one of those things that may never perish.