Question of the Day: Which Do You Read Faster, Real Books or Ebooks?

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In a recent study, Jakob Nielsen (no relation to "Nielsen ratings" Nielsen) found that it took it took individuals 6.2% longer to read a story on an iPad and 10.7% longer on a Kindle 2 as compared to reading it in print.

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His sample size of 24 users is too small to draw any real conclusions from his data, but I wouldn't be surprised if his findings hold true for tablet-readers at large; I still find myself mesmerized by the page-turning animation in iBooks or sidetracked by an overly forceful flick in Instapaper, whereas books are, you know, just dumb old books.

But we want to know what you think: Are you faster reading the printed page than you are reading on your iPad or Kindle? No one's going to hold it against you—we've been reading paper books for decades where we've only had a few years to train ourselves to do serious reading on tablet devices (Nielsen tested a standard PC monitor, too, which was unsurprisingly the slowest and most loathed of all screens). Still, displays with increasingly high pixel densities, like the iPhone 4's, are making it easier and easier on your eyes to zip through digital text.

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So set up some time trials or just ruminate your experiences thus far: Are you flying through animated pages just like real ones? [Use It via PC World]

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I find myself taking longer with ebooks for a few reasons - I don't have a dedicated reading device like the nook or an iPad. I read the ebooks either on my computer, or my Droid, using Aldiko (which btw, is probably the best reader I've found so far for Android - if anyone knows of any better ones, please let me know). This has its disadvantages, because I tend to switch between my Macbook and my phone (at home, I use the laptop, away from home I use my phone).

The problem with this is that it doesn't sync where I left off on one device vs. the other, like the Kindle app does - if I read through to say, page 47 on my phone, and then I go in to read it on the laptop, I have to advance all the way through to page 47. Then, when I go back to the phone, I have to pick up from where I left off on the laptop, or re-read the same stuff over again.

And the main reason I'm reading stuff using Aldiko and not the Kindle app is that I haven't been able to import my EPUB books that I have into the Kindle app, or else I'd read them all through Kindle - yet another problem I have.

The above is what contributes to my longer read time - with a paper book, I have a bookmark and ONE copy of the book; it's easier to keep track of where I left off.