But guess what?
A recent Neilsen survey says that teens prefer "real" books.
And there appear to be concrete advantages to reading printed books. A study suggests that digital readers remember significantly less about when events occur in a plot than people reading the same story on paper, while another study showed markedly better reading comprehension for people reading a paper book.
I admit. I made the switch. There are several reasons that e-books work well for me, but they all boil down to convenience.
Here's the thing though. I also made the switch when reading manuscripts.
I read digitally when I write:
- I type the story on my laptop.
- I read the story on my laptop and edit as I go.
- I make changes electronically, and my beta readers read digitally.
- And finally, before I send the book off to my editor, I make it into an e-book, and I read it in the Kindle program on my iPad.
My editor, on the other hand, prints the book out and reads on paper.
For those of you unfamiliar with the editorial process, it works something like this:
- I submit the first(ish) draft to my editor.
- She reads and sends me a letter about what's working and what isn't working and makes specific notes in the manuscript. She sends me the printed file via UPS.
- I follow the document through digitally and come up with a chapter by chapter list of changes to address her concerns.
- We discuss those changes and make sure we're on the same page.
- I make the changes electronically and then send her the digital file.
- She prints it out and reads it again, marking pacing and other issues in the manuscript margins and making suggestions for specific lines that need to be reworked.
- I go through the line edits and submit the file--digitally.
- I send the electronic file to my beta readers and go through their suggestions--digitally.
- I convert the book to an e-book and read it through, highlighting places I need to go back to.
And all this time, even though the book has been printed out, I don't *read* it on paper.
Then I get the copyedited manuscript. On paper. And I have to read and review it on paper.
There is a real difference in the way the words read and look on paper. I see things I didn't see when I was reading digitally, even when I read the book as an e-book. Even when I read passages aloud, which I also do frequently.
The moral of this story?
This is only the second book I've worked on with an editor. I'm going to get better--all of this is a learning process. I definitely have a takeaway on process for myself though. And for book three, I'm going to do things a little differently.
I'm going to print the book out for myself several times before the copyediting stage. Not sure how I'm going to work this in with the fast deadlines that we work with in publishing, but I'm going to make time, because it's worth it.
Takeaway writing tip of the day:
Read your manuscript in as many different ways as you can:
- As a Scrivener or word processing file.
- As a Scrivener or word processing file with the font changed. (You'd be surprised how just this small change brings things to light.)
- As a Scrivener or word processing file that you read aloud.
- As an electronic book.
- As printed pages -- bound, if possible.
What about you? Do you prefer to read digitally or on paper? Does it make a difference in how you read and what you understand and remember?
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