Attention spans which get shorter and shorter already are a threat to the pursuit of novels. As anyone (which includes each and every one of you) who works on a computer knows, instant access to the internet leads one astray - time and time again. Indeed, I am going to provide a link to take you to an enhancement of my comments. And the source of my comments. You can see the circle at work.
What I wonder as an author is, will we have to start to write novels with the assumption that our readers are going to skip. Will every chapter need to end on a cliff-hanger? Should we be sparse with our words? Will we have to adapt to the time frame of a TV drama, where one hour really means ten minutes less.
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Finding Your Book Interrupted ... By the Tablet You Read It On
Tami Chappell for The New York Times
Reading a book on a tablet like the Kindle Fire is “like trying to cook when there are little children around,” David Myers said.
Can you concentrate on Flaubert when Facebook is only a swipe away, or give your true devotion to Mr. Darcy while Twitter beckons?
People who read e-books on tablets like the iPad are realizing that while a book in print or on a black-and-white Kindle is straightforward and immersive, a tablet offers a menu of distractions that can fragment the reading experience, or stop it in its tracks.
E-mail lurks tantalizingly within reach. Looking up a tricky word or unknown fact in the book is easily accomplished through a quick Google search. And if a book starts to drag, giving up on it to stream a movie over Netflix or scroll through your Twitter feed is only a few taps away.
That adds up to a reading experience that is more like a 21st-century cacophony than a traditional solitary activity. And some of the millions of consumers who have bought tablets and sampled e-books on apps from Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble have come away with a conclusion: It’s harder than ever to sit down and focus on reading.
“It’s like trying to cook when there are little children around,” said David Myers, 53, a systems administrator in Atlanta, who got a Kindle Fire tablet in December. “A child might do something silly and you’ve got to stop cooking and fix the problem and then return to cooking.”
“These apps beg you to review them all the time,” he said, but he remains a fan of the device.