Do you recall the most surprising and rewarding thing that you experienced when trying out the popular e-book format for the first time on an e-reader device such as a Kindle or Nook? For most people it is the astonishingly realistic quality. They are intrigued and somewhat mystified by how much the paper and ink resembles what they see on a traditional printed page. Even the visual color and texture of the paper is crisp, clear, and comfortably viewed despite challenges like bright light that can make reading text on a computer or smart phone screen very difficult.
Let’s face it. Not everyone is a book reader, as sad as that may sound. Late last year, in fact, the Huffington Post published data showing that 28 percent of Americans had not read even one book within the past 12 months. Some studies from the publishing industry indicate that only 32 percent of the U.S. population has ever been in a bookstore.
Those who have never ventured into a bookstore may nevertheless be quite familiar with online shopping. So the good news is that a Pew Research Center study published in 2012 found that 20% of Americans
Tech companies are rolling out speed-reading aids and software apps including “Acceleread” and “Velocity” that push the envelope considerably. Want to be able to zip through 500 words per minute? The engineers behind the product “Speed Read Trainer” believe they can get the typical reader to that level in about two weeks. Flipping pages at that clip you could read a standard-sized novel in about the same amount of time it would take to watch the movie version. Or you could sit down and polish off Moby Dick in one day.
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