I’ll admit that I’m a bibliophile. I love books: buying them new, shopping for them in second-hand stores. Holding them, reading them, annotating them. Savouring their smell. Thumbing through them, re-reading them, and re-discovering old delights. Borrowing them from other people. Falling asleep with them on my face. Admiring them on my bookshelves.

And…I’ll admit that I’ve never really warmed to e-books or e-book readers. But maybe that’s just because I’m old-fashioned, or stubborn, or both…right? (As for the argument that I could travel with a 1,000 e-books but not 1,000 paperbacks: show me one person who actually manages to read 1,000 books on holiday!)

Anyway, I felt somewhat vindicated in my reluctance to embrace e-books when I read a recent study suggesting that there may be cognitive drawbacks to reading something on an e-reader compared to in print. In particular, less information seems to be absorbed, and reading comprehension is consequently poorer. Aha!

To be fair, this is only one study - and the researchers don’t yet know how to explain their findings. But as e-books become more and more popular, it’s definitely worth understanding what impact (if any) they have on our reading experiences.