Melissa Wiley asks a fascinating question: How Does E-Reading Affect the Reader?
I�m afraid reading The Chosen One on my Touch may have affected my experience of the book. I know it affected my feelings about the book�s ending, because I was stunned when I realized I had reached the end. It didn�t feel finished. I kept flicking and flicking to get the page to turn, but there was nothing but a blank white screen.
I�ve had this happen with e-books before. I think our minds are trained to interpret the pacing and arc of a book in the context of how much book is left to read. Now and then, I�ve read a book which I thought had twenty or thirty pages left to go, and it was a mental jolt to discover an appendix or afterword occupying those pages, so that the story ended long before I was expecting it to. On an e-reader, that is always the experience, unless I remember to check the total page count and pay attention to how far along I am.
I’ve never used a Kindle, though Dom tried one out for a while and loved it. I have read novels on my laptop, though. It’s an interesting question: as we move more and more to reading on non-paper formats, how does the physical medium in which we encounter a book or other text affect the way in which we read?
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