E-Book Reading: Tablets Bring New Focus to Distractions
Tablets have led to changes in how people read books, the New York Times reported today.
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Citing Google, Netflix, Twitter and e-mail that "lurks tantalizingly within reach," the paper said that the lure of other applications "can fragment the reading experience, or stop it in its tracks."
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One Kindle Fire user compared the experience with "trying to cook when there are little children around. A child might do something silly and you've got to stop cooking and fix the problem and then return to cooking."
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A college senior with a Kindle Fire noted that she is finding it difficult to finish books and was able to focus on one title only when she was on a plane with no Internet access.
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In part because of the distraction phenomenon, as well as their relatively low cost, dedicated e-reading devices should continue to be popular, although the long-term trend is for multifunctional devices to replace dedicated devices, such as with smartphones combining cameras, GPS and Palm Pilot functions.
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But some observers say that people who have tablets and aren't big readers may begin to read more e-books. Conversely, heavy readers may plow on despite the distractions. One "voracious reader" with a tablet who has bought more books than ever--and not finished more books than ever--told the Times that she noticed a change in her reading habits: "Recently I gravitate to books that make me forget I have a world of entertainment at my fingertips. If the book's not good enough to do that, I guess my time is better spent."
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