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markbot
12-06-2007, 01:28 PM
Is it just me....or does reading on the Kindle induce more eye strain than reading a paper book. I'm not sure yet....since I just started. I'll know more in a few days.

I think it might have something to do with the greyish background.

Alisa
12-06-2007, 01:33 PM
I haven't had any eyestrain yet. I do need good lighting, though. I like to have bright light but not to have it glaring on the screen.

wallcraft
12-06-2007, 01:42 PM
Try a larger font (although I wish the line spacing was tunable, particularly with the larger fonts).

Or get a full-spectrum reading light, it is amazing how much difference this can make.

AnemicOak
12-06-2007, 02:29 PM
I don't have a Kindle, but I've noticed no eye strain problems with the Sony (same difference as far as the screen goes). I find I read in the same settings as with a pbook & it feels about the same. I generally have decent lighting, but read in bed with just a small bedside lamp & find it just fine too.

NatCh
12-06-2007, 02:42 PM
I've never had any eye-strain with my PRS500, and it's an older gen screen. :shrug:

HarryT
12-06-2007, 02:55 PM
I found that with my PRS500, I generally needed to use a reading light. With the CyBook Gen3, however, which has the same screen as the Kindle, I can comfortably read in the ambient room lighting, as I would a paperback book.

Alisa
12-06-2007, 03:02 PM
I found that with my PRS500, I generally needed to use a reading light. With the CyBook Gen3, however, which has the same screen as the Kindle, I can comfortably read in the ambient room lighting, as I would a paperback book.

Yep. I can read with just the lighting around me which is great, but I find if I'm going to read for hours and hours, whether on the Kindle or a pbook, I like a nice reading lamp, and maybe a cat or two. :)

TallMomof2
12-06-2007, 04:28 PM
In good light I find the Kindle to be as easy on the eyes as most paperback books.

Zoot
12-06-2007, 08:23 PM
Yeah, nudge the font size up one notch and see if that helps. The only way I can get any sort of eye strain reading on the Kindle is if I make the font smaller. This seems even more important than the amount of available light.

Z.

markbot
12-06-2007, 09:30 PM
I think I'm ok on the size 2 font.

The minor issue i have is that because the device is smaller...and the page narrower...i find that my eyes have to exercise back and forth much more. i think might cause a type of eye strain.personally, i think it is better if screen were landscape....and the keyboard slid out.

the next version of the kindle should definite have a slide out keyboard.

NatCh
12-06-2007, 10:57 PM
The Kindle won't flip the display to landscape then? I never thought to wonder before you mentioned it. :chinscratch:

Astropin
12-07-2007, 01:05 AM
I've never had any eye-strain with my PRS500, and it's an older gen screen. :shrug:

My understanding is that that the 500 & Kindle have the same screen....the 505's is more advanced.

wallcraft
12-07-2007, 01:17 AM
My understanding is that that the 500 & Kindle have the same screen....the 505's is more advanced. The Kindle and 505 both have the latest Vizplex screen, but the Kindle still uses the old 4 gray scale controller (as on the 500) vs the newer 8 gray scale controller on the 505.

HarryT
12-07-2007, 03:38 AM
My understanding is that that the 500 & Kindle have the same screen....the 505's is more advanced.

No. The Kindle, Sony 505, and CyBook Gen3 all use the same identical VizPlex screen. The Sony 505 has a different controller to that used by the Kindle and Gen3, which allows it to display 8 grey scales rather than the 4 of the Kindle/Gen3.

markbot
12-08-2007, 12:10 AM
I have finished my first book on the Kindle and am happy to report comfortable reading.

rjude02
08-18-2009, 04:49 PM
The mind receives messages from sensory cells. The mind can focus on sensory signals from the eye. Eyes that have become strained do not always deliver a clear signal. Inattention to eyestrain (http://www.ergonomicsmadeeasy.com/eyestrain/) symptoms deprives the brain of meaningful signals.

pboss
08-18-2009, 05:09 PM
Is it just me....or does reading on the Kindle induce more eye strain than reading a paper book. I'm not sure yet....since I just started. I'll know more in a few days.

I think it might have something to do with the greyish background.

No, it's just a slightly different skillset. Your eyes should accommodate. No eyestrain here whatsoever and yes, I too believe, a good light can make the difference.

susan_cassidy
08-18-2009, 08:04 PM
The Kindle 2 and DX have 16 gray shades.

I love the ability to increase the font size. It is far easier for me to read than a paperback.

fugazied
08-18-2009, 09:57 PM
I don't get eyestrain but my eyes are so used to being glued to a screen now. When I first started using computers I did get eyestrain, after a few years my eyes were worse but the eyestrain was gone - I was used to reading from a screen.

If you aren't used to reading from a screen you may find yourself squinting more, not blinking enough, struggling to focus. I just found that I got used to it and it became easier.

Chuckwade87
08-22-2009, 09:51 AM
Recently I had to purchase my books for school, and they were pbooks rather than ebooks, and I started reading some off the material and the switch back from ebooks to pbooks is rough.
i found that I canīt read as long with a pbook as I can with my kindle or 505.
But then again I had lasik about 3 yrs ago. Which may be a factor as well.....

bwaldron
08-22-2009, 09:24 PM
I love the ability to increase the font size. It is far easier for me to read than a paperback.

Absolutely agree.

Xiaopanda
08-22-2009, 09:48 PM
I've got the ez reader and find that ambient light is good enough most of the time.

I also have astigmatisim, so when I read wihout glasses Iincrease the font size and its all good.

I used to use a PDA, and found myself getting sleepy in 1/2 an hour, though I usually plowed on for hours at a time. I don't get this with an EInk screen.

You may simply need reading glasses to correct the issue...Happens with age and long term use of Computer screens...what can ya do?

rjude02
08-24-2009, 02:18 PM
Sometimes when daily tasks strain the eyes they can develop a particular eye syndrome. When that happens, minor eyestrain (http://www.ergonomicsmadeeasy.com/eyestrain/) can lead to the appearance of real vision problems.