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Pew, Princeton survey shows U.S. ereading up
January 22, 2014 | 2:26 pm

A new survey from Princeton Survey Research Associates International and made available through Pew Internet indicates that "the proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing," while "more also own dedicated e-reading devices." The survey, one of the first of the new year and based on a sample of just over 1000 adults surveyed in January 2nd-5th, 2014, indicates that "the percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012.' That said, the survey also concludes that: "print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Most people...

Should we make e-books harder to read?
February 11, 2012 | 5:15 pm

In 2010, I looked at a Princeton study that found using harder-to-read fonts actually improved memory retention. Recently, writer Alan Jacobs at The Atlantic has considered that same study (via the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman) in light of what it might mean for e-readers. Jacobs writes that he prefers the slow, click-intensive method of annotating common to e-ink readers rather than the “easy” method with tablets, because he is better able to remember what he annotates through e-ink readers’ more difficult process. E-books are in their infancy now: there's...

Princeton University Press gets into eshorts
October 14, 2011 | 9:28 am

Index From PaidContent: Princeton University Press appears to be the first university press to join the e-singles game. On November 9, the press will launch Princeton Shorts, a series of nonfiction e-singles consisting of selections from previously published books. The e-singles “stand alone well and which speak to either some current event or are just plain interesting and perfectly suited for digital digestion,” Rob Tempio, executive editor at Princeton UP, told me. The press is initially releasing five of them, priced from $0.99 to $4.99 depending on length, with more in the works. Titles include...

Fonts of wisdom? Study shows harder-to-read fonts improve learning
October 23, 2010 | 12:15 pm

46672b1a-c29a-4889-8700-3476076621ffAll the people and businesses who have concentrated on making e-books easier to read might actually have been doing things wrong all this time, at least from the standpoint of education and retention. The BBC reports that a Princeton University study shows that using difficult-to-read fonts leads to better information retention. Volunteers were given text about made-up aliens written in different fonts (16-point Arial pure black vs.12-point Comic Sans MS 75% greyscale or 12-point Bodoni MT 75% greyscale), distracted for 15 minutes, then tested on the material. It turned out that the ones who had the harder-to-read fonts remembered...

Not so fast: iPads not ‘banned’ from universities after all
April 27, 2010 | 8:15 am

Last week we reported on a story that a number of universities (such as Princeton, Cornell, and George Washington University) were allegedly “banning the iPad” due to problems caused by the way the iPad handles DHCP (part of the system that governs how wifi connections are made or dropped). However, blogger Steve Wildstrom points out that a little basic investigation turns up the fact that this simply isn’t true. Princeton had to block some misbehaving iPads were blocked from its network, but not all of them, nor is it disallowing their use as a whole. ...