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Old 07-30-2013, 08:28 AM   #1
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Taking e-books to the beach - share your tips

A sunny day at the beach with sand in between your toes, the salty smell of the sea lingering in the air, and, of course, a good e-book in your hands. Heaven. Except... the beach and your e-book reader don't really make good partners.

What are some of your tips for enjoying e-books at the beach without the worry of sea water, sand or weather damage?
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:43 AM   #2
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A sunny day at the beach with sand in between your toes, the salty smell of the sea lingering in the air, and, of course, a good e-book in your hands. Heaven. Except... the beach and your e-book reader don't really make good partners.

What are some of your tips for enjoying e-books at the beach without the worry of sea water, sand or weather damage?
For some time now, PocketBook 360 has been my favorite for that.
With the "wrist turning" tune-up, you can turn pages with a slight movement of your wrist single-handedly.
I put it in a Zip-Lock bag for protection. Not perfect, but given the small screen not too much of a hassle either. As I don't have to press any buttons for turning pages, the bag isn't too much of a bother.
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With my second Sony that's not really a problem. You just switch the prepared Micro SD card, and that's it. If something happens to this Reader it wouln't matter much. I think it's a good idea to have a second Reader as a backup just in case. They are not that expensive anymore.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:09 AM   #4
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Ah, you folks who still have a working ozone layer (or very tough skin) amuse me sometimes... I can't think of anything worse than sitting in the sun reading for more than about ten minutes! Yowch.

Enjoy your northern summer.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:07 AM   #5
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Ah, you folks who still have a working ozone layer (or very tough skin) amuse me sometimes... I can't think of anything worse than sitting in the sun reading for more than about ten minutes! Yowch.

Enjoy your northern summer.
Typically, the actual sitting and reading is done under an umbrella or beach shelter.

OT: I just brought my ereader along. Had it it's usual case for transport. It's sturdy enough and cheap enough that I wasn't worried about anything but the water, and I just didn't bring it down near the surf.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:37 AM   #6
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I have typically used a ziplock bag or an older M-Edge Leisure case for sitting on the beach or around the pool

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Old 07-30-2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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I read at the beach or on the dock all summer. My Kindle Keyboard is in a leather case, that's all the protection I've used for 3 years, so far so good. I do try and put it in the shade when I'm not using it since it gets pretty hot in direct sun.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:59 AM   #8
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Zip Loc baggie here as well --- I try to remember to load some visual reference material for making sand sculptures.

I prefer taking the ereader to printed books or magazines, since I can just replace the baggie if it gets worn.
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Nice!
But personally, I'm not really worried about water.
I'm more anxious about sun lotion or sweat or sand or dirt in general.
I'm not really worried about damaging the unit, but smearing all over it in a unique mixture of sand, sweat and oil.
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At the beach, I use the M-Edge Leisure Jacket with my Kindle Keyboard. Dual zippers make it easy to access the on/off switch, and there's a zippered pouch in the back.
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That's nifty, and makes me wonder why more cell phones and other devices aren't made more water resistant... I was just thinking yesterday about how nice it'd be to have a cell phone with no external ports that used wifi/3g/4g/bluetooth for syncing peripherals and had inductive charging. Such a device could be make completely sealed with no place for water or dust ingress and easily meet IPX8 standards.
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Because most people don't need a phone while beeing underwater, maybe.
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I usually take either one of my Sonys or the Aluratek to the beach. I transport it in its purchased case within a zip-lock bag to keep it dry in my tote bag. I take it out of the plastic bag to read, which is usually done sitting in a beach chair far enough away from the ocean's edge to avoid any splashes from either it or from passing wet bodies. I've been doing that for years.
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Because most people don't need a phone while beeing underwater, maybe.
Not sure what your tone was there, but just in case you were sincere:

It would great if a phone could resist rain showers, and be kept conveniently and safely on your person on boat rides, jet skis, while vising water parks, and doing all those other outdoorsy things that keep us away from land lines in the first place. Heck maybe even while in the hot tub, etc.

That water proof Kindle is interesting...got to pay a premium for durability it seems.
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