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Assignment #1B Reading Response Blog: Digital versus Print, Badke and Jabr

Badke and Jabr both write about reading and the ways that reading differs depending on format (digital vs. print) and context ( what we’re reading and why).In terms of digital text versus paper text, I can say that I use both formats frequently for different reasons though.  When it comes to very lengthy  journals, articles, or books I prefer to use paper text, as there is less strain on the eyes and it does not hurt your eye sight. Also with longer readings on a tablet or other electronic devices there is a possibility of loss of power which can cause a loss of my place in the reading.  As for shorter readings, digital text works better as the amount of time focusing on the screen is lessened.  In the article “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age:  The Science of Paper versus Screens” by Ferris Jabr published on April 11,2013, the author states  that most studies conducted before 1992 show that people read slower and paid less attention to readings done on a screen rather than on paper.  I agree with this because I often lose track of what I am reading when reading online rather than on paper. I feel like if I read something in print, I get a better understanding of the text and I can fully grasp what I am reading. If I read a digital book I might lose track of what I am reading and have to scroll up and down to read it again.

There is a high chance that you might get distracted while reading something on your kindle or Ipad. Staying long hours and staring at the screen it is not good for the eyes. If the text is shorter, then reading something on your kindle, Ipad, etc. wouldn’t be that bad.  I usually prefer print when it has to do with schoolwork, because I like to be able to take notes and highlight/underline what I’m reading.  Now, I know that that is an option on digital formats also, but I still feel more comfortable with highlighting and note-taking on paper. I like to write little notes on the side of the paper which helps me grasp the information better. If I am reading a short novel, digital text would be a good option especially when I am taking the subway and I feel like reading a novel on my Ipad, kindle, etc.

Sometimes when a person is reading a digital text, they might end up going on social media and that distracts you from what you are reading. The person didn’t grasp what they just read so they have to read the text all over again.I chose my textbook “Principles of Macroeconomics” by Gregory Mankiw. I read the beginning of the first chapter as a PDF on my phone. I found the pdf version online for free so that is why I got the digital version because the teacher said that she wasn’t going to use the book that often and it saved me money from buying the physical copy of the book. I also did not want to carry a book to school if the book was only going to be used only certain days. I caught myself getting tired of looking at the screen. I also noticed that I would accidentally scroll up and down and lose track of where I last read. Now everyone uses their kindle especially on the train. So both print and digital texts have advantages and disadvantages. In conclusion, if the text is shorter I prefer digital but if it is long then I prefer print. Everyone has their own preferences. Both print and digital books are convenient for certain things. When you have the book in your hands, you get to feel the texture of the book, while in digital you can enlarge the text and so on.

Summary of “From papyrus to pixels; the future of the book”

In the article “From papyrus to pixels; the future of the book”, the Economist gives input on how books have changed to electronic assets readers can now use. The essay suggests a vibrant future for the book. Now it is easy to access books online whether it is on your e-book or kindle, people don’t really need to buy a physical copy. People don’t have to carry their heavy books with them when they could just get access to the book on their iPads. Technology has definitely has advanced throughout the times. The purpose of e-book, it can be downloaded, uploaded, copied, pasted, etc. The Economist states, “Books like de officiis have not merely weathered history; they have helped shape it. The ability they offer to preserve, transmit and develop ideas was taken to another level by Gutenberg and his colleagues”. The digital transition may change the way books are written, sold, and read more than any development in their history,and that will not be everyone’s advantage. In conclusion, just because most people prefer digital over print, does not mean that people will stop buying printed books. No matter how technology progresses, printed books will still be used and continue to stay relevant. I believe that staying too long on your Ipads wouldn’t be good for your eye sight and digital people tend to read slower and are not able to retain what they read. You can flip the pages faster in printed books , while in digital books you have to scroll up and down and you aren’t able to stay focus.

Summary of “From papyrus to pixels; The future of the book”

In the article, “From papyrus to pixels; The future of the book”, the economist gives a lot of insights on the difference between the digital and the printed book. Technology has changed the way information is distributed. New devices have made information more available and easy to access. This comes with a lot of worries for some print lovers, who might argue that the way books are read, sold and published is forever changing. While more efforts and time were put into copying a printed book, thousands of digital ones can be download in seconds.
The idea that digital books are here to eliminate their printed counterpart, is simply undermining the evolution of books, as the article states: “they (books) are a technology in their own right, one developed and used for refinement and advancement of thought.”

Question: what does the future reserve for printed books, giving that digital books are becoming popular?