I have mentioned (probably several times) that I find it difficult to read e-books - both reading them slower than physical books and retaining less of what I do read in them (a horrible combination, that). Since all of my e-book reading is done on an iPad, my theory has been that I am too easily distracted by all the other iPad apps that are hovering (not always so quietly) in the background. One little e-mail "ding," and I'm off to check email. That leads me to wondering what has been going on with my Facebook and Twitter contacts. Then I might check the market or a baseball score, and before I know it, twenty or thirty minutes have gone by and the book is growing ever dimmer in my memory.
Today I took my Kindle out of mothballs and sat down to read a book on a dedicated reader to see if that made a difference. And it did. Because I have a Kindle paperwhite, one of the Kindles that are only good for buying and reading e-books, my mind never wandered far from the pages I was reading. That started me wondering whether the rapid rise in iPad and tablet sales is playing a big part in the declining sales of e-books (I think it is).
Then, to top off the day, I found this article at Slate.com putting forth exactly the same theory. This is part of that "Future Tense" piece:
It seems there are enough unintended consequences in today's high-tech world to ensure that the "experts" are far from expert in predicting the future - and that is half the fun.