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pollsLast week we asked you how you prefer to read your books How Do You Prefer To Read Your Books? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Do You Prefer To Read Your Books? [MakeUseOf Poll] The world of books has gone through a dramatic change over the last few years. It started with cheap paper books that ship for free all over the world, continues with e-ink eReaders such as... Read More . The results showed that the world is not yet completely sold on eReaders: the number of voters who read only paper books is about equal to the number of voters who use eReaders exclusively.

Out of 490 voters, 30% read only paper books, 16% prefer e-ink eReaders, 11% like the new kids on the block: the tablet eReaders, 34% use an eReader, but also enjoy a paper book from time to time, and 8% are still in the process of deciding what the best reading method is.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

While a third of the voters think eReaders are the best, another third prefer paper books. Having said that, a whopping 62% reported they use an eReader of some kind, whether exclusively or not. This means eReaders are definitely popular, but a rather large portion of the voters still don’t want nothing to do with them.

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This week’s poll question is: What Do You Think About Alternative Keyboard Layouts?

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If your first reaction is “what?”, you’re probably not alone. A huge majority of computer users use Qwerty as their keyboard layout; it’s the default in almost every keyboard in the world, and everyone is used to it. But there are at least two more layouts out there, Colemak and Dvorak, and according to the people who use them, they’re actually better. So what do MakeUseOf readers think of them?

If you use an alternative layout, which one do you use? What makes it better? What are the reasons for switching or for staying with Qwerty? Share your opinions!

  1. Gayelaing
    November 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I've tried about four but just haven't found one I like

  2. Tengis N
    November 14, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I switched to dvorak more than 5 years ago. Now it just feels so natural that qwerty feels weird, but not enough that I have to hunt-n-peck.

    Not sure how much speed/accuracy I gained from switching though. But one advantage is when someone tries to use your computer and when they type it's all gibberish.

    Overall I really enjoy using dvorak.

  3. R Ze
    November 14, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I never switched to an alternative layouts, I never even knew what they were until now. I can tell how switching to a different layout would be hard to get used to. I've been using the QWERTY because I used it when i was younger. Also, PCs and Macs have the QWERTY keyboard anyway.

  4. Jbeaudin71
    November 14, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I've been using Dvorak for at least a few years now. It was challenging to switch- like learning to type all over again; took me a couple weeks to really start to feel like I was getting it- but so worth it. Typing is way easier and much more comfortable; all the most commonly used letters are right there on the home row. 

    • OptimisticToaster
      November 23, 2011 at 3:45 am

      Same here. I printed the Dvorak layout and set it between the keyboard and monitor. The first day was very slow. Each day that week got a little better. By the end of the week, I was typing at a respectable speed, but still less than half my previous speed. By the end of the next week, I was faster than before.

      The worst part of Dvorak is switching to someone else's computer. I don't have to hunt and peck, but I have a few more errors.

      Mobile phones and iPads don't seem to slow me much.

      Another side benefit: nobody can use my computer, so it's fairly secure.

  5. Jose Trigueros
    November 14, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I use the DVORAK keyboard layout, and it seems better for me thus far. I mean it's not huge difference in my typing speed it just feels more comfortable to type in. But then again, I could be biased.

    I must admit, that using a different keyboard layout is a pain in that you will look like a n00b when using a computer that does not have your layout on it. Also, I took the GRE and they only had DVORAK, I was hunt-and-pecking the whole time :(

    Anyways, give it a shot. You may like it, one extra perk it adds another layer of security for anyone using your computer.

    Colemak changes the caps lock to a backspace, but I find that making the caps lock an extra control key much more useful since I'm a programmer.

    • Yaara
      November 14, 2011 at 6:09 am

      They only had Dvorak at the GRE?? I would be in big trouble if it were my GRE... or did you mean they had Qwerty and you're just not used to it anymore?

      You don't have to change the Caps Lock in Colemak, I think you can choose to leave it as it is. I tried switching to it a while back... so hard. :)

    • Jose Trigueros
      November 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      Nah, I meant QWERTY. Sorry.

  6. Lee
    November 13, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I've tried DVORAK a few times but never more than about 10 minutes... I learned QWERTY when I was pretty young, so switching to another layout would probably be impossible.. But I like the concept of arranging the keys so that the more common ones are easier to reach..

    • Yaara
      November 14, 2011 at 6:07 am

      I have a friend who switched to Colemak at the age of 25 or something. I have no idea how people do it. :)

  7. revo
    November 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    in my country (Belgium) they use AZERTY instead of QUERTY. It's so difficult to switch once you are used to something...

    • Yaara
      November 14, 2011 at 6:07 am

      I know, I tried switching myself once. So hard!

  8. mick register
    November 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    How about an option for "I have never heard of this, but I wanna try!!!"

    • Yaara
      November 14, 2011 at 6:06 am

      Good one, sorry for missing it!

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