Tests taken across a small (24-person) sample group suggest reading eBooks remains slower than reading paper, with the iPad being faster to read than a Kindle device.
Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group set out to determine reading speed differences between the different platforms (book, ebook, iPad etc).
His initial findings are that there are significant speed differences. Participants were required to read a short Ernest Hemingway story on their device.
Using an iPad to achieve this worked out to be 6.2 percent slower than reading the story from a book, while using a Kindle 2 was slower again, 10.7 percent slower in fact.
Test subjects disliked using a PC for reading, giving this a satisfaction score of 3.6. iPad scored 5.8, Kindle 5.7 and the book — the book threw a 5.6.
The researcher notes,