Study Finds Slower Reading on iPad and Kindle

A new study conducted by Jakob Nielsen found that it takes longer to read ebooks on the iPad and Kindle versus a regular printed book. There was no statistical difference in reading speed between the iPad and the Kindle.

The study consisted of 24 participants who were given a short story by Ernest Hemingway to read. Hemingway was chosen because “his work is pleasant and engaging to read, and yet not so complicated that it would be above the heads of users.” The results showed the iPad at 6.2% lower reading speed than the printed book. The Kindle measured at 10.7% slower than print.

I have to say that I’m really surprised by these results. I would have expected the results to be the same because I’ve found reading the Kindle to be almost exactly like reading a regular book. There is a little bit of a lag between hitting the button to turn the page and the new page coming up, and I wonder if this could account for the slowness.

I’m curious about what everyone thinks of this study? Does it bias you against ereaders?

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  • Donna

    I was also a bit surprised when I read this study. But I really think it depends on the individual. I will admit that I read slower on the iTouch, mostly likely because of the screen size. On the Sony Reader, it depends on the format of the ebook, if I can enlarge the script and if it flows correctly after enlarging on fast I read. But on the iPad I have found I read faster than I do a paper book, and I think it’s because the format has been so easy to control to my liking, such as the color contrast and script size. I don’t wear glasses either, but for some reason larger print helps me read faster. Weird, huh?

  • sams free

    Reading a book has nothing to do with speed but rather the with the experience. This study in my opinion is not so relevant because it’s known people enjoy reading from electronic devices.