Paperback v. Kindle

The black letters upon that white LED screen, the handheld dark grey rectangle that fits perfectly into your palm. But that LED screen burns, it haunts and stains. That screen hold back every emotion, every feeling and aspiration.

Reading is a way to connect, a way to experience a different sense of reality within your life. Its a way to look into a world that is utterly new and different, a way to expand your mind and reach into the deep depths of the unknown.

When a bright screen with its numerous buttons and distractions comes in to play, the new magical world begins to dissipate. The outlook of life and the differences in humanity start to fade and the only thing left is the blank stare with that bright screen flickering.

kindle-381242_1920.jpgEveryone has become so consumed by technology that they cant focus on one single task at hand. Reading is supposed to be consuming your mind, bringing your thoughts into a mysterious new world full of exciting lives. It is not supposed to be letters on a screen, competing with the ping of notifications and the buttons directing to other aspects of the world. Reading is supposed to be serene, peaceful, and knowledgable, but if your mind cannot focus on one task, the concepts begin to fade.

The Guardian wrote an article in 2014 called, Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds. The article highlights how readers who read off of kindle’s have lower comprehension of the story than those who read on paper.

Anne Mangen, Norway Stavanger University, was the lead researcher on the study written in the Guardian. She discovered that with her study, the Kindle doesn’t provide the same mental reconstruction support that a paperback book has.

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“When you read on paper you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right,” said Mangen. “You have the tactile sense of progress, in addition to the visual … [The differences for Kindle readers] might have something to do with the fact that the fixity of a text on paper, and this very gradual unfolding of paper as you progress through a story, is some kind of sensory offload, supporting the visual sense of progress when you’re reading. Perhaps this somehow aids the reader, providing more fixity and solidity to the reader’s sense of unfolding and progress of the text, and hence the story.”

The feeling of a paper back book with the printed ink and smell of paper brings a whole different emotional feel. Reading is an experience not something that you do and your done. It is an exploration of the mind, a tunnel into another world, a heart wrenching emotional roller coaster that needs the mental stability that comes with those printed pages.

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