Infographic: E-books vs. Paper Books (Electric Literature)

I overhear the same conversation almost every time I’m browsing in a bookstore. Two people are discussing e-books versus paper books with, invariably, the same conclusion: paper books are vastly preferable in look and feel, but you can’t beat the convenience of an e-reader.


FatBrain¬†took the notion one step further in a recent poll. In this infographic, you’ll find the (quite long) list of reasons why readers favor¬†paper books: the design, the smell, and the possibility of sharing and collecting all play a role in our continued attachment to reading the “old-fashioned” way.

Plot Recall is Worse on E-readers than Paper Books (The Guardian)

This is pretty interesting, if you’re me: a (small) study demonstrated that reader comprehension differs between e-books and paper books, and that the discrepancy is probably related to tactile/spatial perception. Paper book purists: you may gloat now, just a little.