A recent study by Jakob Nielson confirms that reading long-form in print finds higher reading speeds than on ebook readers. The readability study looked at the reading speed of 24 users using Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle 2, and traditional print.

Key highlights from the study:

Books are faster than tablets.
“The iPad measured at 6.2% lower reading speed than the printed book, whereas the Kindle measured at 10.7% slower than print.”

User satisfaction: iPad Loved, PCs Hated.
After using each device, users were asked to rate their satisfaction on a 1-7 scale (7 being the best). “The result: iPad, Kindle, and the printed book all scored fairly high at 5.8, 5.7, and 5.6, respectively. The PC, however, scored an abysmal 3.6.”

I found the less predictable comments interesting and concur: “Users felt that reading the printed book was more relaxing than using electronic devices. And they felt uncomfortable with the PC because it reminded them of work.”

What impact will reading speeds have on the sales of ebook readers? While people may read faster with print, there may be little impact on sales of these devices. According to the Association of American Publishers e-book sales from the “13 publishers soared 176.6% in 2009, to $169.5 million”.

As an ebook reader myself, I find that I do read slower on my Sony Reader. What has increased is the number of books that I’ve read over the past 6 months. The convenience of a portable device has encouraged me to read more on-the-go, and hopefully, the readability issues with these devices will be solved in the future.

I blogged about my fave and must have iPhone and iPod Touch apps recently. What are Apple’s picks? Check out the new Rewind 2009 Apps page in iTunes. The page features Apple’s Best of 2009 games and apps, and top sellers too.

I’m also trying the WordPress app for the very first time. This is my first post from the app!

Switching blame

November 4, 2009

Oh, hello there! It’s been a long time since my last blog post.    A quick look in my draft view shows a long list of abandoned posts.  It seems that each time I’ve wanted to blog something, someone has already retweeted or Tumbled it.   Social media is about rewind, it seems.  I’ve made the decision to only blog, reblog, tweet, retweet and Tumblr what is really interesting to ME. If you want to stop reading now, I’m cool with that.

My lack of blog posts is also the result of switching to a Mac.   After years of frustration with my current computer, I decided to get an iMac.   I was tired of using my PC for simply surfin’. I was tired of the problems I’ve had with Windows viruses.  I’m not a Windows-basher, as I live in a Windows world by day. My “PC-friends” are looking forward to Windows 7 and one day, just one day, I may even try Bootcamp.

At the end of the day, it’s nice to come home to my Mac.    You see, I now spend more time exploring my music and photos. iLife and PhotoBooth rocks in our house. Things just seem to work more harmoniously on a Mac.

I believe that technology is both a tool and an experience.  If the tool isn’t giving you a happy experience, like an old boyfriend, fix it OR ditch it.

Move over PC-boyfriend, my Mac now gives me that happy experience.

(Now you can’t blame a gal for spending less time blogging, can you?)

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