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Old 10-28-2014, 04:15 PM   #1
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PocketBook Basic 2 Screen Advice

Hi,

I hope that some of you experienced pocketbook users can help me.

I'm a student studying a bachelors degree which consists of a lot of reading. I find that I get a lot of eye strain from reading LCD tablet screens such as my iPad. Unfortunately I have found that reading from a kindle (generations 2 and 3) make me very dizzy. I know this is peculiar as I have searched the internet for hours about this issue but have found only a few people who experience the same thing. I recently discovered that if I put a matte screen protector on my ipad I get the same dizziness when using the iPad. So I have been left with two conclusions:

1) Reading from devices with Plastic screens/screen covers make me dizzy

2) Reading from devices with Matte/rough screen finishes make me dizzy.

Conclusion one seems to make the most sense to me but I couldn't find an ereader from kindle, sony, kobo or nook which had a glass screen. I then read the pocketbook website and it stated that the PocketBook Basic 2 had a glass screen so I have ordered one. Now I am not sure weather it was referring to the substrate that the e-ink is placed on, or the transparent front/cover of the ereader. So I have two questions:

1) Can somebody please tell me if the PocketReader Basic 2 does indeed have a glass screen front

2) Does anybody know of any other ereaders that have glass screen fronts.

Thanks for your help in advance.
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:45 PM   #2
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My PocketBook 902 and Touch Lux both have matte finishes on the screen. I suspect the Basic models do, as well. I'm not sure whether the surface is glass or plastic, but neither of my devices has a scratch yet, so it may be glass.

I wonder if you are getting eyestrain from having difficulty focusing on the letters under a matte surface. I don't know how to fix that, but maybe you can try experimenting with your focusing to see if you can get some relief. Is your vision so acute that you can see the slight blurring of the characters caused by the matte finish?
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:36 AM   #3
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Hi RKomar,

You raise a good point that I have not thought about before, people have always commented on the accuracy of my vision. When reading the kindle previously I have attempted to play with my focus methods/distance from screen and lighting when but to no avail. However it could still be that the slight distortion caused by the matte finish affects me regardless of those changes.

My guess is that there isn't an e-reader with a shiny/gloss finish like the iPad as ereaders rely on the matte finish to avoid glare in strong lighting conditions. I have heard that some of the older sony prs devices were reasonably glossy however. Can you think of any other ereaders that were noticeably glossy in finish?

I am also trying to work out weather it would be possible to replace the front screen display cover in my kindle with tempered or gorilla glass. I know that people often replace the whole screen but I don't know how feasible it is to detach the front cover and attach a glass one.

I will be great full for any further input on these two issues.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:31 AM   #4
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If you are such sensitive the best way will to print all documents you have to read. So you can minimize the tíme, you must read from screens.

And you should consult an eye specialist. Perhaps you need glasses, but know it not.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:56 PM   #5
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If you are such sensitive the best way will to print all documents you have to read. So you can minimize the tíme, you must read from screens.

And you should consult an eye specialist. Perhaps you need glasses, but know it not.
Hi faltradl, I have already been down that route but it ended up being far too costly in paper and ink as I read a lot of blog and journal articles.
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Have you looked at the Kindle PaperWhites or the new Voyage? They have a non-matte glass(?) surface, and also very clear fonts. Best Buy tends to have them out for demoing. (Although I know it takes length of time to really test eye strain.)
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