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Studies Show Almost Everyone Prefers Reading on Paper, Not Screens

What if I told you that despite the popular belief that children are more likely to read on a device like an iPad or a Kindle, research shows that this isn’t necessarily true.

 

The study showed that children in Years 4 and 6 who had consistent access to devices that could be used as eReaders didn’t typically use these devices to read, even if they were reading books daily. The study also showed that the more devices the children had access to, the less they read overall. This suggests that electronic reading devices can actually hinder reading in children. 

 

A previous study showed similar results in teenagers; some students enjoyed reading books on electronic devices, but most of the students did not use their devices for this purpose. The study showed the teenagers reading the highest quantity of books at the highest frequency did not read on a screen.

 

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Education writer Marc Prensky first coined the term “digital natives”, characterizing a whole generation of children with “high digital literacy and a uniform preference for screen-based reading.” The issue within this mindset is the same with standardized testing – not all children have the same skills and abilities. 

 

The misconception grew, impacting decisions for schools and public libraries not only in the United States. Some libraries have removed all paper books as a response, while more and more schools, from elementary to college levels, are increasing their use of digital resources. 

 

For me, the reasons why reading on a screen is less ideal than reading from a printed book are numerous. I’m easily distracted on a screen. I like the feel of flipping pages. Notifications from everyone make it hard to keep track of where I am. Books just feel great in your hands. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

 

With both children and teenagers proven to read better on printed books, it’s only a matter of time before it’s scientifically proven that everyone prefers a book to an eReader. So let’s come together as a society and stop focusing so hard on eReaders and start focusing back on print. Right? 

 

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E-longated Waits for E-Books at Your Library? Here’s Why.

You go to your library to check out Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere because everybody and their mother and their mother’s mother is talking about it. The librarian tells you the physical copy is out and isn’t due back for another three weeks. Hey, you have an iPad! You decide you’ll just take out the e-book. Libraries let you do that now, in 2017. Um, what. You’ve been WAITLISTED!? How do you get waitlisted for an e-book? It possesses no physical space!

 

The thing is the publishers. Many have a policy where they only allow libraries to lend one e-book at a time, although services like OverDrive do allow some books to be lent out multiple times. At my local library, for example, If I want to take out John Green’s newest book Turtles All the Way Down, there are sixteen e-books available, but each one has seven people waiting for it. It would probably take most people a week or two to finish it, so I’d have to wait between forty-nine to ninety-eight days to read the new book. He’ll probably have another book out at that point (just kidding).

 

Take a step back, though. Those sixteen copies I mentioned are not just my library, but my whole country. So the county shares only sixteen copies of one of October’s biggest books. Why so few? Because libraries are often charged between $100 to $200 per copy. That means my county paid between $1,600 to $3,200 for sixteen copies of a single book.

 

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The publisher’s logic for pricing e-books this way is that multiple people share it, and e-books won’t wear out the way physical copies do. It makes sense in a way, but it seems odd for a library to pay $72 for one copy of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, while someone on Amazon can buy their own copy for $9.99.

 

Because libraries have to pay so much for a single copy of an e-book, they’ve began teaming up with other libraries to gather a proper e-book catalogue. The problem is this makes waitlist times way worse because people are now competing with people from far away to read an e-book.

 

It’s an issue for taxpayers too, since they are paying for these exorbitantly priced e-books. To be fair, though, consumers do tend to think e-books are cheaper to make than they really are. A lot of the costly aspects of producing physical books have to do with workforce, workspace, design, and general administrative costs–not the cost of paper. That overhead isn’t avoided when making e-books. They’re still expensive to make.

 

Still, publishers seem to be getting greedy when it comes to libraries. Anyway, next time you have to wait for an e-book, which is basically a totally nonphysical abstract concept, you’ll know all the drama and greed that went into it. Ah, things.

 

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Is your fall reading list growing by the day with endless novels? Have no fear, fellow bookworms! We’ve found a way for you to save money and still immerse yourself in reading for the entire season.

 

BookBub is where you should go for all your free and discounted eBooks! Whether you have a Kindle, an iPad, a Nook, or some other device, BookBub will fit your reading list right into it just for you.

 

But the personal treatment does’t stop there. Sign up for BookBub, tell them your interests, and they will give you numerous book suggestions based on what you like… Does it get any better?!

 

We highly recommend you follow them on Twitter as well. You don’t want to miss lists like this:

 

 

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Five Ways to Read Entire Books Online

Trying to read full-length books online can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together five of the best websites to read full-length books online!

 

1. Project Gutenberg

 

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Project Gutenberg, a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works and “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”, is the granddaddy of eBook publications. Started in 1971 with the digitization and online publication of the first “eBook”, Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, Project Gutenberg has become the standard, as many sites that offer free eBooks gather titles from the public domain, many of which were originally uploaded through Project Gutenberg.

 

Project Gutenberg offers a variety of different download options if you’re interested in an offline reading experience, but reading online via HTML is pretty much as easy as can be.

 

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Ideal: The most comprehensive collection of classics available, and available to read online and download for free.

 

Not ideal: Digitized copies of current books aren’t necessarily a priority.

 

2. Read Any Book

 

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Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, the Gossip Girl series, and many, many others are available through Read Any Book (RAB). While the format RAB uses for their free online reading isn’t ideal, it certainly isn’t terrible. Unlike Project Gutenberg, there isn’t an option to read in HTML, but full books are available in a Kindle-esque viewer which is easily readable on both desktop and mobile devices. 

 

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Ideal: If you’re looking to read popular books from major publishers online with no frills and no fuss, this is the one for you. 

 

Not ideal: If you want to download any books, you are prompted to sign in with your lucentfun login. Lucentfun is a monthly subscription service offering “all your favorite late night movies, games, books, and music in one spot for $39.95”. Yikes.

 

3. Smashwords

 

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Smashwords is the largest and best developed platform for independent authors and publishers with over 465,000 total books available and over 70,000 free to read online. The search feature is surprisingly helpful, with options to organize search results by price or length.

 

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Ideal: Hands down the best online reading experience. You’re able to customize font style and size, text and page color, as well as line spacing.

 

Not ideal: I’m torn. The platform Smashwords gives independent authors is incredible but there’s just so much to discover. An optimized search feature that gives recommendations based on an author or book you enjoy could really take this site to the next level.

 

4. BookRix

 

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BookRix is a free self-publishing platform that offers eBook distribution services to independent writers. Users can share their writing, connect with other readers, and discover new books and authors.

 

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Ideal: BookRix’s homepage is simple, simple, simple, with two columns: Bestsellers and Recommendations. To compare, Smashwords homepage shows you the most recent books, any price, any length.

 

Not ideal: Like Read Any Book, their format could be better. But hey, free books are free books!

 

5. Scribd

 

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Scribd still makes the list, though I think their shift to a subscription based membership has really limited their audience (free books are no longer available to non-users). After a thirty day free trial, you’ll pay $8.99 a month for unlimited audiobooks, unlimited access to magazines and documents, but will be limited to three book credits a month. Sure, these credits roll over and any book you “purchase” with a credit will be available to you as long as the book is available on Scribd. 

 

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Ideal: The book selection is excellent, and so is the iPhone app. They offer an Essential Student Bundle to undergraduate and graduate students, a one time cost of $29.99 that gets you one semester (four months) of Scribd, plus digital access to the New York Times.  

 

Not ideal: Currently, there’s no way to access more than three books a month, so if you read a lot, you’re going to feel limited. 

 

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