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Real Books vs Reading Kindles


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As technology advances each year our ways of reading are changing. Rather than having physical copies of books, downloading copies digitally on things such as reading Kindles has become extremely popular. Each form of reading has its benefits. Reading from paper-printed books has been proven to increase comprehension and understanding while reading from Kindles is cheaper and more convenient. Both paper and Kindle books have equal perks. 


In recent years, research has shown that having physical copies while reading greatly benefits one's understanding of the text. In 2011, a study conducted by Ackerman and Goldsmith observed that when participants chose how they could read, whether digital or hard-copy, the individuals who chose digital forms had lower comprehension scores. The group who read digitally reported having fewer options when it came to study habits, because they could not do certain things on the pages such as highlighting, bookmarking pages and note-taking. The participants who chose physical copies reported using an abundance of study strategies, which ultimately enhanced their understanding of the material. Paper copies create a more intimate and personal way of reading, which can further engage the audience with what they are reading. 


Reading Kindles also have their own benefits. Amazon Prime’s digital reading Kindle has over 1000 books, articles, newspapers and more. The Amazon Kindle produces no blue light or damage to eyes when reading, and  the adjustable font size is perfect for all eye-sights. The prices of the products on the device typically range from $1.99 to $4.99. Prices on Kindles are exceedingly more affordable than prices of regular hard-copy books which range from around $15 to $20. The thin and lightweight style of the Kindles makes them portable and convenient. In fact, studies have shown many college students have turned to the minimalist style of reading Kindles, as a way of saving space in their college apartments. Digital books allow instant access as well due to the fact that copies can be instantly downloaded from the browsing tab. Unlike real books, there is no waiting around for digital books to ship, making them much more accessible. 


Overall, both physical copies and reading Kindles have their own perks. Whether one enjoys physical or digital copies, the joy of reading is still possible to experience with both. Each format has advantages, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference, so no matter which form of reading you enjoy, grab your Kindle or your book and curl up for a cozy night full of reading.

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