SURVEY: Do You Read Books on Your Phone?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

The idea of curling up with your smartphone before bed is anathema to many, but how about you?

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

The mobile phone, the cell phone, the smart phone — seemingly everyone’s got one. And today, you can carry around a virtual library of books in your pocket. But the question is, even if you’ve got that “virtual library” with you at all times, do you actually use your phone to read books?

Even with larger and larger screen sizes, ones that flirt with the definition of “tablet,” and the ability to enlarge text, reading on a phone can prove an awkward experience — particularly for sessions lasting more than a few minutes. That said, there are times when one is willing to put up with a little eye strain to get the information you want. But, I posit, that is much more likely to be the latest sports score or that email from your spouse or a news update — information that seems more urgent than the type of thing you might read in a book. Books are deliberately written in a format that demands a somewhat more relaxed, focused state.

The idea of curling up with your iPhone before bed is anathema to many, but how about you? And let us know why in the comments below.

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

Edward Nawotka is the Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered the book business since 2000, serving as daily news editor for Publishers Weekly and columnist for Bloomberg News.