Traditional reading vs reading on "auding" text: which is better?
Submitted by David J. Rosen on September 13, 2018 - 12:14pm
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We have discussed "auding" in several LINCS discussions. It's time for a new discussion thread that looks at the research evidence, and also your preferences. For those who have a choice, and not everyone does, do we know which is better: 1) reading text in a traditional way, 2) reading text on an e-reader such as a Kindle, or 3) listening to text read out loud, for example using software that does this on a computer or smartphone; on books on tape, cassette or CD; or just having someone read it out loud? Which is better: for whom; under what circumstances; and for what reading purposes, for example, for deep study or for light pleasure reading?
Here's a short Time article that points to some of the research on these questions and raises some pertinent questions for readers and teachers of reading alike. http://time.com/5388681/audiobooks-reading-books/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
What are your takeaways from this article? What other reading research comparing these three ways of reading, or two of the three ways, can you suggest?
When I want to read for pleasure, I often prefer to listen to a book read out loud, or to "combo-read" a traditional book and listen to it read out loud by someone who reads literature well. I recently read a book by Neil Gaiman, called The Ocean at the End of the Lane from the paperback book, until the last chapter when somehow I lost the book. So I checked out the audio version from my public library and listened to Gaiman read the last chapter out loud. I was so thrilled by his reading, and enjoyed the book so much more, that I listened to him read the whole thing.
How about you? What are your reading mode preferences? What are your students' reading mode preferences?
David J. Rosen, Moderator
LINCS CoP Integrating Technology group