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Submission + - How Will E-Reading Change Us? (txchnologist.com)

ambermichelle writes: If 2011 was the year of the tablet, with the triumph of Apple’s iPad 2 and the more measured success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, it was also the year the print books had their spines ripped out. Chain bookseller Borders filed for bankruptcy while vultures circled Barnes & Noble (which nevertheless survived). As we rush headlong into the e-reading future, Norwegian researcher Anne Mangen has been asking, “How does digital technology change the way we read?”

Mangen is a favorite researcher of digital skeptics such as Nicholas Carr. Her research has found that reading on screens has taught us how to skim texts effectively but we may find it increasingly difficult to focus on difficult tasks. What does this mean for how we educate children? Will the shift to e-books make us forget how to read printed books?

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