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View Poll Results: Do you read a lot in direct sunlight?
Yes, a lot. 71 31.84%
Just a little. 79 35.43%
Almost never. 49 21.97%
Never. 24 10.76%
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Do you read in direct sunlight?

This is not about which screen is best for reading.

OK, lets get started.

There are lots of comments about what your screen preference is in a ereader. If you want one of those polls go here > What do you NEED for Display?

What I really want to know is How many read a lot in the sun?

I remember seeing a guy's body being taken off a beach. Heat stroke, dead. Probably not too bad a way to die. Sleeping in the sun. And though I still enjoy the ocean waves, and a nice sandy beach I could never just sit out there and read.

So, do you read a lot in direct sunlight? Just a little? Almost never? Never?
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:51 PM   #2
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I live in the desert where we receive a LOT of sun. I've already had several suspicious moles removed, two of which were precancerous (one had to have a second slice removed to make sure they got it all) so I don't need to be in the sun anymore than necessary. Besides, much of the time, it's too darned hot to be comfortable in the direct sun.
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I never read a paper book in the sun. I have tried but it's too bright. Last week while waiting for a friend in a park I pulled out my Kindle and was surprised at how pleasant it was to read.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:47 PM   #4
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On nice days, my favorite spot is out on my deck with a nice tall, cool drink and my Kindle.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:54 PM   #5
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Well, I'm hardly ever outside for longer than it takes to walk to my car, anyway, so I may be a sort of outlier (I'm Irish-blooded, so I have an excuse! Sunblock is expensive!), but I never really understood the term beach-read. Vacation-read, sure. But beach? I dunno.

I always wondered how many people actually read specifically on the beach. Of course, I know, I'm splitting hairs and overanalyzing, but just for my sake, please do mention if you actually read on the beach.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:07 PM   #6
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I always read a lot, when I'm on vacation - on the beach or at the swimming pool. I rarely read in the direct sun as I usually seek some kind of shade (don't want to get burned).
But I still am very glad for my e-ink reader (Kindle now and Cybook before) because reading on my LCD PDA was always a pain in the arse because of the bright environment even in the shade.
When its not so hot (as in e.g. spring or autumn - my favorite time of year) I like to sit in the sun and read, whenever I can.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:15 PM   #7
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My Diabetes meds make me kind of sensitive to sunlight, so I tend not to stay out in it very long, which is a shame, I'd love to sit out in the sun and read on a nice day.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:19 PM   #8
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I'm with jeannie. I haven't got skin cancer yet and don't want it. In direct sunlight here in Florida it reaches 120 degrees F.
Besides that, my PRS-300 screen fades in sunlight.
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I'm with jeannie. I haven't got skin cancer yet and don't want it. In direct sunlight here in Florida it reaches 120 degrees F.
Besides that, my PRS-300 screen fades in sunlight.

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I pretty well never read paper books in the sun before I got my kindle. Like patrickt says, it was just too bright. With the kindle, however, I often lay on the veranda and read in sunlight. It doesn't seem to reflect the light into your eyes.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:44 PM   #12
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It's great for those times when I'm at the grandkid's baseball/soccer games, and waiting for a new game to start or whatever. Good way to meet people, too. This whole ebook/ereader thing is new for a lot of people, gives you a chance to get them started in the right direction, gives them a chance to get "hands on" with the devices to see what it's like.

I've got to add that these are times I would be in the sun anyway. Might as well make the best use of the time!

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My general problem is that I never get to direct sunlight. I'm always stuck in buildings, on trains or walking somewhere until just before sunrise or after sunset.
I'm somewhat pale..
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I like to read with my back to the warm fall sunshine but keeping my iPad in the shade of our deck. Been mighty nice here in PNW last couple of days with rain in the forecast for late week and beyond!
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