It appears that rumours of the death of the printed page have been somewhat exaggerated. Research has found that reading comprehension is greater when the medium is a printed version rather than a Kindle version. This, of course, is great news for readers of Trollope who must keep up with events in multiple plot-lines and subplots over a substantial (or in the case of The last Chronicle of Barset, very substantial) period.
The research indicates that readers of the electronic page tend to skim read, homing in on keywords. Could you imagine skimming through the Barsetshire novels for Mrs Proudie? You’d find yourself skipping through Dr Thorne and The Small House at Allington in which she features very little.
Also, readers tend to only get through about 60% of a digital article, which means this paragraph is probably wasted.
For more information on the findings go to The Washington Post article below and skim read a little over halfway through that.