E-readers 'more effective' for some dyslexic readersA person with dyslexia has difficulty "decoding" words
US scientists studied 100 pupils reading on paper and e-readers.
On the device, those who struggled most with sight-word reading read faster and those with limited visual attention spans had better comprehension.
The ability to display text in short lines with fewer words helped pupils focus on each word, they told Plos One.
- Dyslexia is one of the most common learning difficulties
- In England, 4%-8% of schoolchildren thought to have some degree of dyslexia
- Dyslexia affects people of all ethnic backgrounds, although a person's native language can play a role
- A language where there is a clear connection between how a word is written and how it sounds, and consistent grammatical rules, such as Italian and Spanish, can be easier for a person with dyslexia.
- Source: NHS Choices
Lead researcher Dr Matthew Schneps, from the Science Education Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, told BBC News: "The key factor that's important in the effect being helpful is that there's a few words per line.