Reading research makes impact

Readers remember a story better when they read it on paper rather than as an e-book, according to a conference paper by Anne Mangen.

Twins reading on pc and paper book

In the research project, lead by associate professor Anne Mangen at UiS, 50 readers were given the same short story to read. Divided into two groups, half of them read Elizabeth George's piece of fiction on paper. The other used an e-reader. 

After reading, the paper readers performed significantly better when asked to arrange 14 events in the story in the correct order. This result agrees with past research by Mangen and others. 

Since presenting the new paper at an international conference in Italy in July, this research has made international headlines. Read full stories here (external links):

The Guardian article 

The Independent

New York Times

The New Yorker