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Old 08-11-2014, 10:46 AM   #1
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Hello all. I have an iPad Air and have been using it as a e reader. At issue is the glare and screen reading in day light, especially outside. I have been going back and forth on whether to buy a Kindle or Kobo due to their readability in the out doors .... Not to mention battery life.

But it drives me crazy that the iPad is so useless outside for e reading. I have been wondering if there is an app which would mirror the screen of an e reader?

I have searched the web but only get the Kindle, Kobo and similar store apps ... Nothing to convert the iPad screen to e reader resolution for out doors. Thoughts?...

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You've hit upon the most important reasons why so many people choose eInk readers.

Really, you've already pointed out and answered your questions.

The real question (in my opinion) is to go over to the Which One Should I Buy Forum and pick the brains of all our members on which one you should buy that meets your needs.

An ebook reader is like a good marriage.....and certainly with less stress!

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But it drives me crazy that the iPad is so useless outside for e reading. I have been wondering if there is an app which would mirror the screen of an e reader?
I've got both the iPad mini and various eInk machines, and read from both. The quick answer is "No". It's what the screens are made of and how they're lit that makes the difference. There's no app that can change that.

For the glare, you can get anti-glare film for the iPad. I have one that works well to cut the glare so I don't feel like I'm reading off a mirror. Helps a lot, and not too pricy.

But the sunlight issue is a problem that's got no solution I've ever seen.
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Hello all. I have an iPad Air and have been using it as a e reader. At issue is the glare and screen reading in day light, especially outside. I have been going back and forth on whether to buy a Kindle or Kobo due to their readability in the out doors .... Not to mention battery life.

But it drives me crazy that the iPad is so useless outside for e reading. I have been wondering if there is an app which would mirror the screen of an e reader?

I have searched the web but only get the Kindle, Kobo and similar store apps ... Nothing to convert the iPad screen to e reader resolution for out doors. Thoughts?...

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Good anti-glare matte protector + sun shade cap + sunglasses (if necessary) + sunshade (if necessary).

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...27&postcount=8

I prefer ultra anti-glare matte protector for reading both outside and inside the room, although it will pixilate the screen and diminish the vibrancy to a degree.

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Top-6-Matte-...7715713/g.html


I would also usually read pdfs or ebooks outdoors on Kindle DX but (if needed) simultaneously annotate(scribble) the same pdf on iPad or use it for dictionaries, color recognition, multitasking etc.

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Old 08-11-2014, 02:36 PM   #5
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Good anti-glare matte protector + sun shade cap + sunglasses (if necessary) + sunshade (if necessary).

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...27&postcount=8

I prefer ultra anti-glare matte protector for reading outside and inside the room, although it will pixilate the screen and diminish the vibrancy to a degree.

http://www.ebay.com/gds/Top-6-Matte-...7715713/g.html
I read outdoors a lot and none of those gadgets or anti-glare screen protectors will let me read a tablet out on a sunny day, even when I try to go under a tree in the shade. I have a special anti-glare protector for my phone, and while it helps (helps in that I can see there's something on the screen), it in no way lets me actually read the screen in bright daylight.

If you want to read outdoors at all, even in a vehicle, give in and get yourself an e-ink reader as Dr. Drib said. Not only will it be smaller and lighter than a tablet, the battery will last for weeks and you will actually be able to read no matter where you're at, and very comfortably at that.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:43 PM   #6
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I read outdoors a lot and none of those gadgets or anti-glare screen protectors will let me read a tablet out on a sunny day, even when I try to go under a tree in the shade. I have a special anti-glare protector for my phone, and while it helps (helps in that I can see there's something on the screen), it in no way lets me actually read the screen in bright daylight.

If you want to read outdoors at all, even in a vehicle, give in and get yourself an e-ink reader as Dr. Drib said. Not only will it be smaller and lighter than a tablet, the battery will last for weeks and you will actually be able to read no matter where you're at, and very comfortably at that.
I read outdoors on my iPads without problem (using above mentioned tools) although it takes some tilting to find and maintain a sweet angle, usually with brightness well below maximum i.e. 75-80 %, but yes, I rather use e-ink in the sun (it's simply more comfortable) and iPad in the evening or indoors.

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Old 08-11-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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Beware that some people have reported problems with their ereaders after prolonged exposure to heat or strong sunlight. Still better than a tablet for reading outside.
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Hello all. I have an iPad Air and have been using it as a e reader. At issue is the glare and screen reading in day light, especially outside. I have been going back and forth on whether to buy a Kindle or Kobo due to their readability in the out doors .... Not to mention battery life.

But it drives me crazy that the iPad is so useless outside for e reading. I have been wondering if there is an app which would mirror the screen of an e reader?

I have searched the web but only get the Kindle, Kobo and similar store apps ... Nothing to convert the iPad screen to e reader resolution for out doors. Thoughts?...

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If you don't want to use a e-reader like Kindle or Kobo, until the ipad has e-ink, your next option is a e-ink smart phone: Onyx Midia InkPhone

https://onyx-boox.com/shop/midia-ink...e-e43-android/
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Do like the Hitchhiker's Guide recommends. Always carry a towel. Just drape it over your head and iPad and you can read just fine outdoors.
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Do like the Hitchhiker's Guide recommends. Always carry a towel. Just drape it over your head and iPad and you can read just fine outdoors.
More stylish variant would be some lightweight cloth or synthetic fabric attached to a sun shade cap/hat.

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