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Print Books Have an Unlikely Ally

Kids these days are wizards with electronic devices. But, according to one recent study, that doesn’t mean that they want to read on all of those phones and tablets. Instead, 92% of college students prefer to read physical books.

That’s according to Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, a new book by American University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron. Baron surveyed college students in the United States, Germany, Japan, and Slovakia about their reading preferences. Of the 300 respondents, an astounding 92% came out in favor of ink on paper.

What makes physical books better? Well, according to Baron, it’s the lack of distractions. Throw in headaches and eye strain, and you have a pretty compelling reason to pick up a real, physical book.

Baron’s findings are interesting, but she’s not playing favorites – you can get her book in both print and ebook form.

Which format do you prefer to read?