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Reading on a Kindle is not the same as reading a book

“Amid the seemingly endless debates today about the future of reading, there remains one salient, yet often overlooked fact: Reading isn’t only a matter of our brains; it’s something that we do with our bodies. Reading is an integral part of our lived experience, our sense of being in the world, even if at times this can mean feeling intensely apart from it. How we hold our reading materials, how we look at them, navigate them, take notes on them, share them, play with them, even where we read them—these are the categories that have mattered most to us as readers throughout the long and varied history of reading. They will no doubt continue to do so into the future. Understanding reading at this most elementary level—at the level of person, habit, and gesture—will be essential as we continue to make choices about the kind of reading we care about and the kind of technologies that will best embody those values. To think about the future of reading means, then, to think about the long history of how touch has shaped reading and, by extension, our sense of ourselves while we read.”

via Slate Magazine

One Response to “Reading on a Kindle is not the same as reading a book”

  1. Pam
    November 19, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    This post is very thought provoking. Digital technologies have indeed changed the way that we read and what reading means to us. I can only imagine that we will continue to develop technologies that aim to provide even more efficient and interactive reading experiences. I would like to point you to – Beyond Literacy is a thought experiment (in the form of an online book) which aims to explore a future where the alphabet is replaced by another tool in what has been termed a post-literate future. Chapter 2: About Reading is particularly interesting in relation to this post.

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