I've said this before. I have nothing against technology. I'm a big fan, actually. I would be lost without my computer and iPhone. I spend time reading on those devices every day. I even read ebooks from time to time. They're great for long waits at the auto repair shop. That said, I will always prefer print media. The tactile experience of flipping real pages cannot be replicated electronically. I'm also a reader who is prone to flipping back to earlier pages to double check something or reread a pertinent passage. This may bring gasps from some readers, but yes, I do sometimes crimp important page corners and write in my books. And when I close a book and put it aside until later, I always take a peak at it from the top to see how far along I am. Book marks are not just for marking my place, but also for marking my progress. These are habits not so easily managed with an ebook. So I'm greedy. I want to give up neither technology nor printed books. But when the power is out or the battery is dead, I can still read if I have a paper book.
As you can probably guess, I have always been more of a words person than a numbers and science person. I usually refer to my condition as a math allergy. Numbers give me a rash, at least symbolically. And science? Well, that often includes math, so . . .
Now it seems that science might be on my side. Thanks to Alysandra, my science/math-oriented future daughter-in-law for sending me this thought-provoking article. It seems that science may actually indicate serious advantages to reading paper books. Click the link below, and see what you think.