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Old 06-07-2010, 08:06 AM   #1
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Do e-ink screens need a screen protector?

I'm waiting on my first ebook reader and would like some feedback on this. I searched the forums and it seems like some people are using them on lcd screens but not much mention of e-ink screens.

Are screen protectors necessary?
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:11 AM   #2
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Depends what you mean. Generally, the screen has a glass substrate which is breakable and therefore you need to protect it. A good case with a front cover is essential in my view for this.
If you mean a plastic front sheet you stick over the device screen to protect the screen from scratches, I haven't used any on my Sony or irex and see no need to. I don't tend to touch the Sony and the stylus on the irex doesn't scratch it. Other users may use such a screen but it won't stop the screen from breaking if you drop it etc.

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Old 06-07-2010, 08:49 AM   #3
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I opted not to get a screen. I have a case to cover the front, and I want my reading screen to be as clear as possible.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:27 AM   #4
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Depends what you mean. Generally, the screen has a glass substrate which is breakable and therefore you need to protect it.
Although that's true, that substrate is beneath the outer screen of the device. I've certainly never used a screen protector on any of my (many) readers.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:29 AM   #5
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When I bought the nook they recommended one of those stick on screen protectors, but all they do is make the clear eink screen cloudy looking. I'll take my chances with scratches.
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I find this too. Quite apart from the challenge of getting it on there without bubbles, I find my PRS505 screen protector makes it look 'dirty', less clear and almost more reflective (whch was strange as I specifically bought a matt one).

I wouldn't buy one again.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:47 PM   #7
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I don't think it's necessary for an e-ink screen. Maybe for the lcd portion on a nook, but not for the e-ink portion. They don't offer any protection from breakage and if you aren't touching it, then you won't need protection from scratches.
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:58 PM   #8
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Pocketbook360 comes with its own cover (hard plastic). So while it doesn't protect it while you are reading (attaches on the back) it does while you are not.
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Old 06-07-2010, 03:50 PM   #9
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I use a tuff-luv case to protect my 505 against impact. No problems with scratches (so far) so the screen is unclothed.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:05 AM   #10
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I don't know if this would work for e-ink devices, but you can make your own screen protectors by buying thin plastic sheeting at a craft or fabric store (like Michael's). I made some for one of my Palms. They are a pain to cut at just the right length -- my Dad made a template and then cut some out for me. But they were a lot cheaper than the commercial ones.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:54 AM   #11
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. Looks like overwhelming "no" so I'll try it without and see how it goes.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:23 AM   #12
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In my opinion, a screen protector would only be required for "touch" devices.

If you're never going to be touching your screen with something like a stylus, I don't see any reason for a screen protector.

I've used protectors for all my Palm and Windows Mobile PDAs, but not for my Kindle.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:49 AM   #13
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I made some for one of my Palms. They are a pain to cut at just the right length -- my Dad made a template and then cut some out for me. But they were a lot cheaper than the commercial ones.
If you made them what would you call what your dad did?
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If you made them what would you call what your dad did?
The actual work?
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:32 PM   #15
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I bought at Wal-Mart a static cling scrren protector, it is supposed to cut down glare and protect the touch screen.

I didn't check and realized after I got home that it fits the 505 and 700 series (sony) and Kindle 1 and 2 (not DX). But I am going to try it anyhow.

So I guess in a few weeks I can give some feedback as to how it does.

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