Just Slightly Longer to Read

From the make of this what you will department: The consultancy organization Nielsen Norman Group recently found that it takes just slightly longer to read a piece of text on an e-reader (they tested the iPad and Kindle) than from a book.  Admittedly, the sample group was fairly small (24 participants) and differences were slight – ranging from 6% to 10% slower – but still statistically significant and worth noting.

The Nielsen Norman Group was specifically gauging usability and not studying reading comprehension.  So they did not speculate on why a reader may spend slightly longer an e-reader than a piece of physical text.  Hopefully further research will clarify their findings.

And for those of you interested in comparing different devices, they found no statistically significant differences in reading times between the iPad and the Kindle.

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