Yes, toddlers fare better with paper books, which they can feel. But don’t knock e-books. Skeptics would do well to spend a week on E before giving up on it. Even older people can make the leap. Their brains are still plastic enough to adjust.
That’s the word from Krystine Batcho, a professor of psychology at Le Moyne college and a contributor to such publications as Psychology Today.
The backwardness of so many academics toward e-books continues to amaze me, so I’m always pleased to find exceptions like Prof. Batcho. To give one example of the horrors, an academic may turn research subjects loose on digital text of a certain font and not let them change it—or line spacing or margins or other variables. Never mind that one of the main glories of e-books is the ability of readers to customize them. Just how meaningfully can academics compare E and P with such 10th-rate research methodology?