Each participant read their story using four different devices – a printed book, a PC, an iPad and a Kindle. While on average the stories took 17 minutes and 20 seconds to read, the Kindle experience was 10.7% slower than print, and the iPad was 6.2% slower.
The readers were also asked to rate their satisfaction of the four experiences on a one-to-seven scale: the iPad was top at 5.8, followed by the Kindle at 5.7 and the printed book at 5.6. The PC came in last, with “an abysmal 3.6”
But before we take these conclusions too seriously, it should be noted that the number of people included in this study was 24. As a statistician would say: “the N is too small.” As a lay person would say: that doesn’t sound like a whole lot of people on which to jump to conclusions.
There wasn’t a breakdown of age or gender either. The story they chose was one by Hemingway, but they don’t say which one. Just out of curiosity, I’d like to know. “Hills Like White Elephants?” “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber?” “The Killers?” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro?”