Research Study Compares Reading on the iPad, Kindle, PC and the Book


A few weeks ago I wrote about an iPad usability study by the Nielsen Norman Group. Jakob Nielsen has now published a study of people reading text on tablet devices. He compared Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle, a PC monitor and a printed version of a short story by Ernest Hemingway. The sample size was 24 participants, all of whom liked reading and frequently read books. Findings indicated reading the printed material took the least time. Reading on the iPad was 6.2 % slower and on the Kindle was 10.7% slower, though Nielsen is quick to point out that the difference between the iPad and the Kindle is not statistically significant. More on this study and the results here.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.