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Reading in the material world
Reading in the material world

If you’re a digital immigrant as I am, there’s something deeply satisfying about Michael S. Rosenwald’s report in the Washington Post that “millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises reading experts given the same group’s proclivity to consume most other content digitally.” The reasons: Stillness, lack of distraction, the ability to concentrate and the understanding that memory relies on, among other things, physical cues. Same, in other words, as it ever was. I won’t lie: I have a dog in this fight, or at least a vested interest. I’ve never believed digital reading would supplant...

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