The New York Times, in “The Gift of Reading” in its New Old Age Blog, describes research that shows that elderly readers read a lighted e-book faster than they do a newspaper. The e-book benefits are substantial, especially the ability to increase the font, and to light the screen. The article is here: And here is my comment on it:
My plea to Apple and other makers of e-readers is that they put out a version that is very, very easy to use--no small knobs, no tiny places to touch on the screen, a screen that doesn't all of a sudden jump away from the book, a good light.
My mother loved to read, and in the few years before her death at 92, I searched all of the libraries in the area to find large print books. A really easy e-reader would have been a Godsend, but there is no way that she could have managed the e-readers available now. She couldn't even work a CD player--I had to put all of her favorite music on tapes. And even working the tape player became hard.
There are enough of us boomers that, in a few years, I imagine there will be a huge market for an e-reader for the elderly.