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Is it just me or do you find yourself reading your ebooks faster than the printed ones?

Well, yes, that’s my question of the day.

I came across a post on Tumblr that said the person finished reading their ebooks faster than their printed counterparts. And it got me thinking: Yes, it’s happening to me as well. In a short period of time, say between May 2018 and August 2018, I have finished reading at least 13 ebooks, compared to the one paperback (The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt) which I couldn’t even bring myself to complete.

I wonder why…

For me, it’s all about convenience.

Since everyone is always on-the-go these days, your best companion is your smartphone. Or tablet. Or perhaps both. And if you have an e-reader application in either gadget, you can easily scan or swipe to unlock, access the app and read. Regardless of where you are. You could be on the train to college. You could be a passenger in a cab. You could be on a flight for a vacation. You could be at your desk at work, enjoying a healthy lunch of pasta salad while catching up on the ins and outs of Simon Speer and his gang of quirky friends.

Heck, if you forget to bring your paperback along, you can still do your reading on your phone! Talk about convenience to the max!

But me being me, I decided to do some research of my own about this nagging thought. Because why not?

This was what I discovered so far…

Gabe from Writability did some math apparently (God bless him for doing the math for me because I’m not good with numbers) and this was the result:

On average, it took me 15 days to finish reading a print book. With e-books, however, my average was 5 days. I knew, however, that e-books were sometimes shorter than their print counterparts, so I broke it down further to determine how many pages a day I read on average with each. Again, the difference was undeniable: 46 pages a day with print books, and 79 with e-books.

You can click on the link to read his post more on why we read ebooks faster than print books but he has a point. It takes me about five days to finish reading an ebook as well. And on average, about two to four weeks to finish a paperback (depending on how thick it is).

What about you? Do you feel the same way about ebooks too?

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