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Study: It’s Easier (For Some) to Read on LCD Screens Than in a Paper Book

February 9th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Scientific Study → 9 Comments

I have long held the position that LCD screens aren’t as evil as everyone claims, and that the belief that E-ink is better for you eyes is a myth. Now there is new evidence that reading on an LCD screen device like the iPad or Kindle Fire might actually take less mental effort.
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Does the Backlight on the iPad Really Help Improve Reading Speed? Maybe Not

November 13th, 2012 by Nate Hoffelder · Scientific Study → No Comments

There’s a story going around today about a recent study at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. According to most press accounts, ophthalmologists at the school have shown that readers with moderate vision loss benefit ted from reading on a backlit screen.

The 100 test subjects boosted their reading speed by 42 words-per-minute while reading on the iPad, and they also saw an increase of 12 WPM when reading on the original Kindle (the original one without a frontlight).

Unfortunately, I’m not sure that this study stands up to scrutiny. I’m still casting about for a copy of the related paper, but just based on the press coverage I can see a couple alternate explanations for the increase in reading speed.
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Study: E-ink is NOT Better for Your Eyes Than LCDs

October 2nd, 2012 by Nate Hoffelder · Scientific Study → 66 Comments

If you’ve been reading ebooks for any length of time then you’ve probably heard about how E-ink screens are nicer on the eyes than LCD screens. It’s simply common sense that not having a light shine in your face must be better for you, and that is why E-ink Corp wants everyone to switch their reading over to devices with its screens.

But like some common sense assumptions, this one doesn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny. A paper published in Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics last month reveals a fascinating study which suggests that it’s the resolution more than the screen tech which has a harmful effect.
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Do eBooks Make It Harder to Recall What You Just Read? Answer: No

March 14th, 2012 by Nate Hoffelder · Scientific Study, surveys & polls → 7 Comments

I’m rather busy with a conference right now, but there’s an article that was posted today that has me pissed. I have to respond to it.  Time has an article on their website today which asks the question “Do eBooks Make It Harder to Recall What You Just Read?”

I received a Kindle for my birthday, and enjoying “light reading,” in addition to the dense science I read for work, I immediately loaded it with mysteries by my favorite authors. But I soon found that I had difficulty recalling the names of characters from chapter to chapter. At first, I attributed the lapses to a scary reality of getting older — but then I discovered that I didn’t have this problem when I read paperbacks.

The thing is, this question is bunk and I can prove it. Not only can I say that from my own experiences; I have a scientific study (published in a peer reviewed journal, no less) which disproves the anecdotes in Time‘s article.
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