The recent press accounts have been heartening to devotees of the book — which had been disdained as the “printed book” or “hard-copy book,” or even the “dead tree book.” It turns out that lots of readers prefer reading old-fashioned books to new-fangled e-readers.
That’s what college students say. They want to read a “real” book, not more content on a screen.
That’s what sales numbers say, with e-book sales flattening and even dropping off while printed books are doing all right.
Several studies have found that comprehension and retention of information are superior when reading books as opposed to e-books.