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Old 06-04-2008, 04:03 PM   #1
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Would you take your e-reader to the beach?

Well I am heading out for vacation, kind of, tomorrow morning, and for the days I am away I plan on enjoying two miles of white sand beach, lapped by water with a visibility of 200 feet.

Now, every time I go to the beach, I wonder if it's really such a smart idea to take my Sony Reader along with me. Sand, sun and heat - this sounds like a potential death cocktail for e-book readers, don't you think?

The only protective cover I got is the original leather case that came with the Reader (well, and the backpack I use to carry it).
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:06 PM   #2
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On the Kindle forum, there is a waterproof bag that they are touting as the best thing since squeezed cheese in a can. It's called the DryPak bag, available on Amazon. That looks like the only way that I would ever go to such a hostile environment with my reader.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:07 PM   #3
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Try a large ziplock storage bag. As long as you're not taking it in the water, you should get plenty of protection and it's pliable enough to push buttons.

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Old 06-04-2008, 04:12 PM   #4
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Uhm, I should try, I think I have a ziplock bag somewhere at home. It sure must look strange holding a ziplock bag in front of your eyes for hours
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:21 PM   #5
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Not as strange as a bibliophile going into withdrawal, from having nothing to read for four hours. I was going to suggest a gallon sized zip lock bag too.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:24 PM   #6
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I took mine to the beach in a Ziploc gallon bag. Press all the air out so that it is form-fitting. I kept it in the "dry" part of the cooler when I was playing in the surf, just to be sure no water could get it.

BONUS: The little bit of air stil in the bag will help keep it afloat, should some drunken catastrophe occur.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:53 PM   #7
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I have already taken my 505 to the beach. I put it in my bag when I wasn't using it. I did not have a single issue at all. Didn't need some protective cover for it either.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:07 PM   #8
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I have already taken my 505 to the beach. I put it in my bag when I wasn't using it. I did not have a single issue at all. Didn't need some protective cover for it either.
Accidents might happen. What if a missing ball lands near you, throwing sand to your eReader's screen? :S

What about manipulating it with hands greasy with the sun screen?

Reading under a hot sun, can it damage it?
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:22 PM   #9
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Nope, sand, water, sun....just asking for an accident. Not to mention the sharks and killer whales
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:27 PM   #10
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I got the MEdge Leisure cover just for things like the beach. It has a clear plastic front cover through which you can easily push the keys and it is zipper enclosed. Seems ideal for the beach or boating.

Where are you headed?
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:48 AM   #11
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Screw the sharks and killer whales! It's those little sand crabs that you can't quite see that you have to worry about. They'll strip a body and bury the bones in about ten seconds!
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White sand beach? You know, I can't read in certain environments or states of mind. This qualifies as one of them. Leave the Reader in the room.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:54 AM   #13
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I have already taken my 505 to the beach. I put it in my bag when I wasn't using it. I did not have a single issue at all. Didn't need some protective cover for it either.
That's what I did until now. But sometimes it can get windy, and then you have sand everywhere in the air. I had to use an air duster to get rid of all the tiny sand particles on the screen.

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Where are you headed?
To Dubrovnik, Croatia. It's my second home town.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:59 AM   #14
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Switzerland is famed for its wonderful beaches, of course!
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Switzerland is famed for its wonderful beaches, of course!
There are particular useful if you like to ski
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