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How we read online.

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Recall Your Reading History

Back in the day, what was your favorite outlet to read in print? Which print publications did you subscribe to, or seek out on a regular basis?

Is there a moment when you started reading that publication online, or only online? Do you remember that moment of transition? What was it like?

What do you expect from that online experience that's not there in the print version? What does the online version offer you that the print version doesn't?

Write a Post

Write an answer to these questions with an example of a print publication that's gone online.

Post your Work

Post the link to your blog post to this P2PU task.

Recommended Reading: “Lazy Eyes: How We Read Online” by Michael Agger.

 

Find an Article

Find an essay or an article that was originally intended for a print audience. It could be anything from The New Yorker to New England Journal of Medicine to National Geographic.  Whatever floats your boat--just as long as it’s long form (longer than a page).

Write a Post

Summarize the article for a blog post.

Post your Work

Post the link to your summary to this task, along with answers to the following questions:

  • What’s different about your summary versus the original article? Consider length. Tone.  
  • How does the post appear, visually, that is different from the print article?

Task Discussion


  • jctalbert said:

    Back in the day, what was your favorite outlet to read in print

    • Lots of self-help books & novels

    Which print publications did you subscribe to, or seek out on a regular basis?

    • National Geographic, local newspaper

    Is there a moment when you started reading that publication online, or only online?

    • I changed from local newspaper to Google News only.

    Do you remember that moment of transition? What was it like?

    • Basically, I was on the computer 8-10 hours so wanted a quick source of news with headlines I could pick and choose what to read.

    What do you expect from that online experience that's not there in the print version?

    • I can access it whenever, and mostly wherever, I want.

    What does the online version offer you that the print version doesn't?

    • From one source or article, I can branch off and discover more, as I like.
    on March 10, 2014, 4:55 p.m.
  • elango said:

    http://elango2005.wordpress.com

    article titled Kalingarayan Canal

    on Dec. 14, 2013, 3:52 a.m.
  • janz said:

    on Nov. 12, 2013, 7:11 a.m.
  • TheButcher said:

    Back in the day, what was your favorite outlet to read in print? Which print publications did you subscribe to, or seek out on a regular basis?
    • Overall, didn't read
    • Eventually got into self help stuff
    • I did not comics
    • I read Calvin and Hobbies
     
    Is there a moment when you started reading that publication online, or only online? Do you remember that moment of transition? What was it like?
    • No.
     
    What do you expect from that online experience that's not there in the print version? What does the online version offer you that the print version doesn't?
    • Expert information and connection to a community
    • More interaction
    • Access to a ton of specific and different information

    Thanks,

    The Butcher, medicalmeat.com

     

    on Nov. 8, 2013, 4:44 p.m.
  • 阿磊 said:

    I'm glad to share the story behind me and publications. Hope you like it!

    http://raymondgiveandgo.co/2013/10/how-reading-got-started/

    on Oct. 25, 2013, 9:58 a.m.
  • Samiullah Khan said:

    I wrote about "What it's like reading online",

    It was my first article, i just expressed my ideas, do cared about grammer. Let's see what future brings

    on Oct. 11, 2013, 9:14 p.m.
  • twigster said:

    I still find reading online difficult. Just today I was reading an ebook at University and found it hard as I wanted to flick through the pages of a real book.

    on Oct. 9, 2013, 8:32 p.m.
  • albin said:

    Here is my response to this.  http://ourworldourplayground.com/?p=138

    on Sept. 17, 2013, 12:12 p.m.
  • Tamara Brown said:

    I have been resistant to on-line reading - I have a few e-books, however I read the majority of fiction books in paper. With regards to journal articles although easily accessible on-line I still tend to print them and read them in paper. I find it quicker and that I recall more of the information.

    However, I realise that I need to start reading more on-line as the ease of access and portability - makes sense to me.

    on Sept. 17, 2013, 11:29 a.m.
  • CGreene said:

    I used to read most of my news articles out of newspapers and I also used to read many manuals that would instruct me on how to perform taskings. When I joined the military my access to these books and papers were limited by location and the amount of reading was limited due to time constrains, this pushed me into doing most of my reading online and using e-readers when I wanted to read a book.

    I am an avid reader of online news articles and have provided the links below.

    www.cnn.com/‎

    www.huffingtonpost.com/‎

    www.foxnews.com/‎

    www.nbcnews.com/‎

    I have learned that using multiple sources allow for a more complete spectrum of news coverage.

    on Aug. 6, 2013, 3:43 p.m.
  • Anonym said:

    Back in the day I would read from books until I got ahold of the net. I have never been much of a reader. I want to be. My attention span is quite short and I am easily distracted. I only read when I absolutely have to. I am working on that! I started my switch over to reading on the net when I was around 17 years old. The online version is very handy for me.

     

    Reading online: Free/cheaper, no trees harmed, no gas wasted to buy book, copy/paste/email/share with others. My local newspaper has reduced their production and mostly submit the news online.


    www.heraldnews.com

    on July 5, 2013, 4:28 p.m.
  • Jessica said:

     

    I believe when reading an article in print, is in comparison to online articles, is actually shorter. Certainly not in terms of the amount of words on the page, but in the sense of a conversation happening and exchange of information. The great advantage of articles online is the instant availability to further information on an opinion gathered from facts through links to extensive research from others. With these links combined with your own summary of the article the word count becomes greater than that of the original article. The print reader entrusts the journalist has done all this research, but the online community is much more sceptical and expects other voices to enhance and validate your own.  

    A summary of an article is in its very makeup an opinionated piece.  When someone summarizes an article they are choosing what information is important and what is not. This creates an opinionated take on the article whether the writer is aware of this or not. It comes off more personal and intimate.

    An open article also has an endless barrage of distractions from motion and sound advertisements to the black hole tunnel of clickable links. The summary must be more engaging so the cost may be formal writing and well constructed ideas. The gain and loss can be the bells and whistles it has over the printed article.

    on June 7, 2013, 3:15 p.m.
  • D3F1L3R said:

    I wrote my responses here : 

    http://themindofageneralist.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/thetransitionfromprinttodigital/

     

    Thank you to all who read. 

    on April 25, 2013, 6:43 p.m.

    Anonym said:

    I work Mon-Wed 8-2.45pm. My jobshare colleague Alexis Szygowski works Thursday and Friday. Contact her at aszygowski@lincoln.ac.uk or alternatively I will reply when I am next at work. 01522 886078
    on April 25, 2013, 6:47 p.m. in reply to D3F1L3R
  • v4lent1na said:

    on March 10, 2013, 3:33 p.m.
  • bayeauxguy said:

    http://bayoudweller.tumblr.com/

    Reflecting on Readers Digest.

    on Feb. 28, 2013, 2:04 a.m.
  • Paul said:

    on Jan. 28, 2013, 7:30 a.m.
  • JoLaine said:

    I read a lot more publications on line than I ever read in the past in print.  I don't know that I can say there has every been a print publication that I subscribed to regularly.  Now I have several apps that aggregate various online news sources. 

    I guess the one source I've been familiar with over the years (but never been a regular subscriber) is the New York Times.  Now that I use it a lot online, I am thinking of subscribing - something I would have never done with the print version because of the time it took to sit down and read the NY Times, and the expense, not to mention the mountain of paper that accumulates so quickly when one subscribes to a newspaper.  Now I can go to the online version and search the archives for stuff from past editions - not an easy task in a print format.

    I have always listened to Public Radio and now having the online version is great.  I can hear a story on the radio, but visit the website for more information, links, and I can even hear the stories again at a different time. 

    on Jan. 18, 2013, 11:28 a.m.