A Study of Reading Habits

How have devices like the Kindle changed the way you read?

It’s the holidays and the e-reader has been anointed as the hot gift this year (sorry, Tickle-Me Elmo). The mobile reading tablets that allow users to download and read digitized books, magazines, and other content make the old print versions look like pieces of scrolled, Dickensian parchment in comparison. (Scrooge would never have bothered with an extravagance like the Nook or Kindle, you know.) And now, joining many other blogs, CJR.org content is now available through Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle.

Maybe you’re getting or giving an e-reader for the holidays, or maybe you already have formed a serious mobile tablet addiction. We’re curious how the Kindles, Nooks, and Sony Readers of the world have changed your reading habits. Do you find yourself reading on your e-reader device the same things you normally would on paper, or do you segregate your reading into print and e-ink? If so, how do you decide what to risk papercuts for? What about the titles you read in digital form—do you find yourself reading narrowly into the same topics you always did? Or reading wider and deeper, discovering things you would never have otherwise found?

Of course, if you’re an e-reader Grinch and refuse to strain your eyes on a digital device, tell us why you prefer the print product.

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