“In narrative prose fiction, the author strictly determines the reading path,” he and co-author August Hans Den Boef write in a collection of essays about the future of reading.“But in a digital environment we can easily enable a plurality of reading paths in educational and scholarly texts.” In addition to the hyperlinks, video and audio that currently enhance many digital texts, Kircz would like to see innovations such as multiple types of hyperlinks, perhaps in a rainbow of colors that denote specific purposes (annotation, elaboration, contrary views, media, etc.).” While we await those future digital products, students deciding what school books to buy this fall would do well to ask themselves just what they hope to get from the text.
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He also imagines digital books that could enable a variety of paths through a body of work.
Not all information is linear or even layered, he told me: “There’s a lot of information that’s spherical. The question is to what extent can we mimic human understanding?
On the other hand, when reading for pleasure or surface information, they can let ’er rip.
Digital text makes it easy for students to copy and paste key passages into a document for further study, but there is little research on how this compares with taking notes by hand.
“The core question,” Alexander said in an interview, is “when is a reader best served by a particular medium. Research by Alexander and others has confirmed this faster pace.
“They assume that because they were going faster, they understood it better,” Alexander observes.
There may be differences in the concentration we bring to a digital environment, too, where we are accustomed to browsing and multitasking.
And some researchers have observed that working your way through a print volume leaves spatial impressions that stick in your mind (for instance, the lingering memory of where a certain passage or diagram appeared in a book).