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Old 01-05-2010, 10:38 AM   #1
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Hi, All. I've been reading on my Sony Touch for over a week now. I'm noticing that my eyes feel tired. Anyone else experience this? Is it all in my head because I'm not more conscious of the act of reading now that I'm not reading from books anymore? Is this an adjustment that will pass?
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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Are you reading more than you did before you got the reader?
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:58 AM   #3
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Nope. I'm a lover of books (generally) and a grad student. Reading is my life.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:00 AM   #4
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Do you read under good strong light? My eyes get very tired after a few hours in front of my laptop, but never from my reader.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:02 AM   #5
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What are your lighting conditions? The elink displays are great, and for most easier on the eyes than a backlit lcd screen. But, they work best with a good light source.

Are you reading more than before? I know since getting my reader I am reading much more than I was.... that could be a factor.

Have you had an eye exam the past year? Don't know your age, but as the years go by that yearly eye exam becomes more important.

It could be an adjustment period as you say. But after a week I would thing it should have settled down. Also could have something to do with the touch screen. My 300 is not a touch screen, so I have no experience with one, but many say there is more glare....

Anyway, just some random thoughts....
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:06 AM   #6
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Hmm. . . . maybe lighting is a factor. I'm getting an Oberon case soon, so I guess I'll look into some compatible reading lights. In the mean time, I'll turn more lights on in the living room at night. I read during my commute on the subway as well, but the trains are usually pretty well lit. Thanks for the fast feedback! I hope my eyes settle down soon, as I really want this to be my primary mode of reading.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:16 AM   #7
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I've read so much more since getting an ereading device - in fact it has really restored my love of reading and I've been cramming in 3-5 hours per day.

I haven't had any eye tiredness from reading off an e-ink screen whatsoever but I always read in good light - in our bay window during the day and under strong artificial light in the evenings so I wonder if you've been reading under conditions which may be too dim for your eyes. Perhaps try a bigger font size too.

If all else fails, I would get it checked out and have an eye examination to be on the safe side.
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My eyes did feel strain when I first started reading with the reader. What I realized was that the reader contrast was not as good as a paper book because the eInks are more gray than white. This means more light is required to increase the contrast on eInks.

There are two tricks/solution that will help reduce the strain on your eyes one is to increase the surrounding light source the second is to increase your font size. I've notice an immediate releaf when I increase the font.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:42 AM   #9
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That's true. Increasing font size on PRS-600 helps a lot.
I have both 300 and 600 and my eyes are much more tired on 600...
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When I first started using my reader, I noticed that my eyes were very tired. I couldn't figure out why, as I was using the same lighting conditions that I normally used for regular paperback books. I tried using larger fonts but it didn't help much.

I finally figured out that the low lighting conditions that were acceptable for regular books were not sufficient for my eink screen. A 10 dollar clip-on lamp solved the problem, and I can now use the smallest font without experiencing any type of eye strain.
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Old 01-05-2010, 02:18 PM   #11
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I've been addicted to my Sony reader ever since I got something loaded on it! I usually use a clip on if reading under artificial light as a boost. The energy saving bulbs in our house aren't really enough. Latterly I switched to my craft light which has a daylight bulb and has always been a lot better wrt eye fatigue. The clip on is now for reading in bed only, and I up the font to medium. I did find that I lost a couple of lines on some pages on an e-book downloaded here when on medium font. If anyone could tell me where to report this I'd be grateful!
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Old 01-05-2010, 02:40 PM   #12
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Just by magnifying the font its natural to lose some lines per page. Try going to the large setting and you will average about 5 words per line and you will have to read about 3 pages to equal 1 on the small view. Bigger font less room .
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I mean the words aren't on either page, back or forwards, the sentence is garbled, and I have to go back to small font to work it out. Bit annoying!
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What format was the book? If it was a pdf, sometimes they don't reflow correctly. Try reading it with zoom instead.
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