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Old 03-10-2013, 05:27 AM   #1
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Am finding I get a lot of headaches reading my ebooks
Have a Kobo touch which I find really dark and a Nexus 7 too bright
Has anyone else got the same problem, what do you recommend, as love my ebooks.
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Kobo Touch and a good reading light would be my choice of those two for reading books.
How about trying a Kobo Glo? I haven't tried one myself so I know nothing about them.

I don't like reading for more than 30 minutes or so at LCD screens, but that's me. Others think differently. When reading on the Nexus, turn down screen brightness and set a sepia (or similar) background. "Night mode" (white text on black background does not work for me and my eyes, but many suggest it for night time reading.

Nothing beats eInk and some sort of reading light (built in or external) for me!
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Am finding I get a lot of headaches reading my ebooks
Have a Kobo touch which I find really dark and a Nexus 7 too bright
Has anyone else got the same problem, what do you recommend, as love my ebooks.
I use Coolreader on my N7 and simply go into settings and use a solid white background then turn the screen brightness in CR down to about 25%. You could also use a darker background. Experiment until you get what you like.
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Have you tried an eInk device? Many people find them a lot easier on the eyes than an LCD screen.
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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I use Coolreader on my N7 and simply go into settings and use a solid white background then turn the screen brightness in CR down to about 25%. You could also use a darker background. Experiment until you get what you like.
I use Aldiko Will have a look at Coolreader
Not sure how to turn the brightness down on the N7. Does it go back to normal after a restart?
Also does it affect everything on the Nexus or just reading?
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Have you tried an eInk device? Many people find them a lot easier on the eyes than an LCD screen.
Isn't that my kobo touch?
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Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant one of the modern eInk readers with front-lighting.
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Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant one of the modern eInk readers with front-lighting.
Its ok Broke the bank buying my Kobo Touch and Nexus 7 So not buying another
Its just one is too bright and one too dark
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Am finding I get a lot of headaches reading my ebooks
Have a Kobo touch which I find really dark and a Nexus 7 too bright
Has anyone else got the same problem, what do you recommend, as love my ebooks.
I do a lot of night reading and LCD has been the most comfortable way for me to do that for the last decade. My first device was a palm m500 that didn't have an always on backlight, just a greenish glow that only illuminated active pixels. Ever since then, I've been creating my own night modes, typically using a black background and a green text option. White light is the worst offender for headaches, IMO. Though I've heard adjusting fonts, spacing and text size can help for some as well.

I haven't found any storefront readerware that allows much flexibility though. Kindle et al typically have night modes, but it's usually black and white. One way to offset that is with a screen shader (darkens all colors so 'whites' become more grey) like screen filter (search google play), or you can try your luck with something that actually tries to reduce the backlight more than the system usually allows like screendim (didn't work for my particular device, but I'd use it if it did).

The other alternative is a 3rd party reader. Moon+ is my favorite, but most of the popular ones like Aldiko et al support a wider variety of color schemes and options than kindle and the like.

My next move is actually towards an amoled screen, which behave a lot more like my first device, ie, the backlight only shines on active pixels and will result in a lot less light overall. I've read comfortably for years on LCDs, and actually attribute better eye health to using them vs when I was primarily reading paper (often with booklights), though certainly everyone's tolerance is different.
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Am finding I get a lot of headaches reading my ebooks
Have a Kobo touch which I find really dark and a Nexus 7 too bright
Has anyone else got the same problem, what do you recommend, as love my ebooks.
I've used the Nexus 7 with a combo of Moon+ Pro and ScreenDim and found it pretty comfortable for reading, although my Kindle Touch is my first choice as long as I have a lamp to read by,
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I use Aldiko Will have a look at Coolreader
Not sure how to turn the brightness down on the N7. Does it go back to normal after a restart?
Also does it affect everything on the Nexus or just reading?
With Coolreader when you adjust the screen brightness once you close the app when finished reading your Nexus goes back to what it was before opening Coolreader. Never used Aldiko but maybe it has settings for screen brightness that you can dim.
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Thank you very much. Cant find settings to dim in Aldiko. Don't want it for normal use on my nexus though.
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Thank you very much. Cant find settings to dim in Aldiko. Don't want it for normal use on my nexus though.
While you are in a book for Aldiko, tap the middle of the screen, tap settings, tap brightness and adjust.

Or run your finger along the left hand side of the screen up for bright, down for dim.
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Or run your finger along the left hand side of the screen up for bright, down for dim.
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That works great
Can't find any way to do it in the Kindle & Kobo android apps though.
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