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Book Club Just Got Easier: Change the Fonts

January 21, 2011
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Have a hard time remembering all the details of the recent book you read? Don’t blame the author, blame your iPad! A Princeton study found readers retain more information when they read books with what’s called “disfluent” fonts (like the first set of text that may be harder to read in the image at left). Before this study, researchers had thought easy to read text (like the second image at left) would be easier to remember.

What’s this mean for you? Most e-readers like the Kindle or Nook come with a standard set of fonts that can’t be changed and fall in the ‘fluent’ category—because they’re easier to read. Researchers say the solution is to add more font choices to the devices. However, until that happens try holding your e-reader at a different angle to make your brain work harder at digesting the information.

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