The answer, according to a recent study by Jakob Nielsen, is not as fast as a book, nor as comfortable.
He tested 24 subjects with a printed story, a Kindle, an Ipad, and a PC, taking care to ensure that other factors (such as different literacy levels) didn’t come into play. At the end of the story, the Kindle and Ipad experience was similar. Subjects hated the PC, but read the print version the fastest of all, finding it the most relaxing.
This is timely because, during my mall-cation from heat yesterday, I stopped in at the Apple store and at a Sony store to compare the Ipad and Sony reader. The Ipad was clearly the more alluring and yet, in the study above, people’s reading satisfaction was rated about the same.
This morning I read reviews of the Ipad and the Sony reader on Amazon. There were negative reviews of the Ipad’s wifi connectivity and of the Ipad’s lack of multitasking. The compaints about the Sony reader had to do with durability, software and support service.
I was greatly relieved. The Ipad isn’t in the budget at the moment, so I can stop drooling. And while the Sony reader is more affordable, it is too grey to be appealing, and it seems I can invest more reliably in more jewelry supplies. At least if my necklace falls apart, I can re-string it!