From Michael Hyatt:
I decided to go back to physical books for 2016. I used to be a voracious reader. My pace was about a book a week, sometimes more. But that all changed in recent years.
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Even though I firmly believe that “leaders are readers and readers are leaders,” I have found myself reading fewer and fewer books with each passing year.
My goal for 2015 was to read twenty-six books. I ended up only finishing twelve. Worse, I actually bought 106 new books.
I realize I can’t blame my failure to read more all on ebooks, and I don’t want to. But I do think they were a contributing factor. Here’s why, and for me these eight reasons are why I’m going back to physical books this year.
1. Ebooks Are out of Sight and out of Mind
Physical books occupy physical space. Wherever you keep them—the shelf, the nightstand, the bathroom—it’s hard to avoid them.
It was easy to buy nearly 90 percent more books than I read because I forgot what I’d already had in the hopper. A physical book has a way of staring back at you. My ebook library is almost entirely out of view.
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4. Ebooks Result in Less Retention and Comprehension
I’ve covered some of the science on this in a previous post. Michael Kozlowski explains more of the problem here:
A reader of digital text might scroll through a seamless stream of words, tap forward one page at a time or use the search function to immediately locate a particular phrase—but it is difficult to see any one passage in the context of the entire text. As an analogy, imagine if Google Maps allowed people to navigate street by individual street, as well as to teleport to any specific address, but prevented them from zooming out to see a neighborhood, state or country.
Comprehension assumes you can map a story or an argument in your mind. The digital format works against that.
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6. Ebooks Are More Difficult to Interact With
I take a lot of notes when I read. I highlight and sometimes take notes in the margins. I can do that digitally as well, but it’s not as fluid.
It’s the same with reviewing my marks. If I go online to view my Kindle highlights, they’re all stripped out of context. But I can thumb through my physical copy and get an immediate sense of the context in a few seconds.
Link to the rest at Michael Hyatt and thanks to Andy for the tip.