This year, while on holiday, I managed to read a lot of books, all of them on kindle. I noticed some funny side effects: like wondering what happened to the character X and remembering that he belongs to the novel I read previously, etc. The recollection of the books I’ve read was much worse from reading them on paper and they somehow merged, like I was reading the same book all the time.
When our brain creates a memory, it uses all of our senses, from the feeling of the weight and texture of the book in our hands, the smell of the print, the size and type of font, etc, etc. E-book readers are impoverishing our sources to construct memories from. With less material to choose from, the quality must be affected.
It looks like e-readers are great for run-of-the-mill writing that we are just checking and/or we don’t even want to remember a lot of it afterwards. The moment we notice it could be something special, it might be better to switch to paper version.
Maybe: get free first chapter on the kindle, check it out and then buy the printed book. 🙂