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Can electronic reading devices replace paper? Experiments to evaluate electronic reading devices

Electronic reading devices have recently become popular. This report introduces the results of a series of experiments conducted to evaluate the readability of documents by electronic reading devices. This evaluation compared the reading performance (e.g., speed, understanding, error detection rate in proofreading) of electronic reading devices with that of paper documents. In reading for pleasure, the operability of turning pages on electronic reading devices is inferior to that of paper documents. However, this does not interfere with reading for pleasure. In reading at work (e.g., cross-reference reading, reading to answer questions, proofreading), it is more efficient to use paper documents than electronic reading devices. Based on these findings, this report discusses whether electronic reading devices could possibly replace paper documents in the future.

Hirohito Shibata Communication Design Office,
Research and Technology Group
Kentaro Takano Communication Design Office,
Research and Technology Group
Kengo Omura Communication Design Office,
Research and Technology Group

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