When we read on dead trees, do we retain more?

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    Apr 14, 2013 3:06 PM GMT
    http://www.technologyreview.com/view/513766/this-is-your-brain-on-e-books/
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    Apr 14, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    E-reading a novel is fine for me. and much easier on my arms when it comes to books like Game of Thrones icon_smile.gif

    But for textbook reading, i think i'll always want a physical copy because it's much easier to flip back and forth between chapters, and like the author of the article, i remember the location of the passage I want to reread.
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    Apr 14, 2013 10:40 PM GMT
    Deadbeet saidE-reading a novel is fine for me. and much easier on my arms when it comes to books like Game of Thrones icon_smile.gif

    But for textbook reading, i think i'll always want a physical copy because it's much easier to flip back and forth between chapters, and like the author of the article, i remember the location of the passage I want to reread.


    Agreed. Reading for pleasure is fine on an e reader, but paper texts aren't going anywhere.
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    If I am reading something technical and complex, I'll often print it out and make notes and highlight parts of the pages. I know you can do that electronically but there is something about being able to quickly flip between pages and see my handwritten notes in the margins.
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    Interesting article. I have not used any sort of electronic book beyond a glimpse and the obvious use of a computer screen. I do use paper sheet music and find the medium very helpful. The look of an edition can be important. We tend to take for granted the many aspects of book publishing that will have to evolve in electronic form. Try a visit to a good library sometime and just look at the differences in books. Flabbergasting.