Readers Prefer Print To Ebooks, Says Study

According to recent research, reading ebooks is slower than reading a printed book.

The study, carried out by research firm Nielsen Norman Group, asked 24 participants to read a short story written by Ernest Hemingway on the PC,Apple iPad, Kindle 2 ebook reader and on a traditional printed book.

The average reading time of all the participants was 17 minutes 20 seconds.

The firm reported that reading the book on an iPad was 6.2 per cent slower than reading from the printed book, while reading on Kindle 2 was 10.7 per cent slower.

Participants were then asked to rate their user experience out of seven.

Three mediums received similar ratings with Kindle 2, iPad and the printed book scoring 5.7, 5.8 and 5.6 respectively. The PC scored the lowest with 3.6.

In a statement to TG Daily, Jakob Nielsen, said: "For example, they disliked that the iPad was so heavy and that the Kindle featured less-crisp gray-on-gray letters."