4 Detrimental Effects Of Reading On Ereaders

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History is full of epic battles; David and Goliath, Axis and Allies, Rocky and Apollo; but there is one battle more epic, more divisive, than any other:

Paper books versus Ebooks

Find someone who reads (more than just emails), and ask them if they prefer to do their reading on a real book or on a fake book like Kindles, and you’re guaranteed to get a response that does not straddle the fence. And even though the answer—which is better—is obvious, some people still choose wrong and say a fake (ebook) book is better.

The next time you hear such heresy, you now have four direct hits for why ebooks are the loser in this battle.

 

YOU’LL FORGET HOW TO READ LONG SENTENCES

Reading long literary sentences is a skill you can actually lose if you don’t use it. A study in 2006 shows that reading on screens changes the linear fashion in which we are taught to read, to an “F” pattern, where we read the first line then skim the left side looking for keywords. Good luck enjoying a novel by only reading thirty words on every page.

 

LACK OF ABSORBTION

Quick, name the first three significant plot points in the latest book you read. If you read the story on paper, you’re likely able to rattle them off; if you chose to read it on a Kindle or other ereader you’re “significantly” less likely to accurately answer that.

 

PAPER BOOKS ARE MORE COHERENT AND NAVIGABLE

By halving the topography of a novel—rather than eight corners and two clearly defined domains that help you navigate the terrain of words, an ebook gives you just a single page of text with no way to orient yourself—you are turning a joyful reading experience into an incoherent mess. Oh, and that literary map the domains—left and right pages—create also helps with reading comprehension.

 

YOU’RE HURTING YOURSELF

You heard reading can prevent mental decline and increase your empathy so you don’t come off as such a jerk to people, so you started reading with vigor. Good for you! Fantastic! I just hope you didn’t choose a screen to read that book on, or you may end up damaging your health more than helping it.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Settlers – Jason Gurley

To be honest I thought there was something wrong with the book I got from Google Books, when I began reading it. There are no quotation marks in the book, that’s why I thought the copy was wrong. So I emailed Jason and he emailed back in less than a day. Really nice guy. I was going to buy his other books (this one is free from all the major ebook places) before he responded to my email; but being so nice to what must have seemed an asinine question (“Why are there no quotes in the book?”) made it that I will definitely read his other stuff.

The Settlers is a good book. Nicely pace, good plot, well written. It’s good to see his latest work has been picked up by major publishers who have a longer reach and can get the books more visibility. I recommend the book and at a free price tag, you really have nothing to lose.

Come experience the Saga – Android Hunters (Book 1 of The Corli Saga)

Android Hunters is for sale right now on Amazon Kindle!

The print edition is a WIP, due to the time it takes to review and proof for printing. But Amazon Kindle has an app on iPhones, Android phones, Windows Phones, Windows computers, Mac computers, and a Kindle Cloud Reader for Linux and Chromebooks; in the chance you do not have an Amazon Kindle ereader or Kindle Fire.

Feel free to buy a ebook version and then a print version when it’s available. I won’t mind.

The direct link is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q3B5NCU