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Old 08-03-2019, 06:40 PM   #1
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This is my current favorite background and foreground color combo. I have it set as my night mode, but I use it most all of the time. It’s a nice low contrast combination, very easy on the eyes.

I tried to show this at 1% light setting, but iOS screen capture doesn’t pay attention to the light setting.

With FBReader as my app of choice, I can slide my finger up and down the screen to adjust the lighting such that it’s always comfortable. 1% in total darkness, very readable without disturbing my wife sleeping next to me.

Outside I’d probably go with black on white....but I don’t read outside that much.
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Old 08-03-2019, 08:45 PM   #2
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ooh thats nice. Has FBReader on iOS improved? I havent looked at it since the very early days. I dont suppose it talks to Goodreads?
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Old 08-03-2019, 09:07 PM   #3
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ooh thats nice. Has FBReader on iOS improved? I havent looked at it since the very early days. I dont suppose it talks to Goodreads?
It seems much better than when I first looked at it. At this point, I really like it. I moved over from Stanza->Marvin->FBReader. There are some Marvin features I miss like Radar (or something to that effect). It works on iOS and Android syncs between both. It has a nice Book Network based on google drive so it’s easy to load books (there are more ways than just this way).

On iOS each side of the screen has a top, middle and bottom that you can set independently as tap zones to go forward or back. I have everything going forward except the bottom third left.

Marvin was easier to setup to look good.

Goodreads support is planned: https://fbreader.org/content/fbreade...anned-features
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I now use full black text on a slight grey background:

Background: R=204, G=204, B=204 ; #CCCCCC
Text: R=0, G=0, B=0 ; #000000

as set up in both PocketBook (which is my main app) and Moon+ Reader Pro.
Note that these may render slightly differently on different displays.

https://www.rapidtables.com/web/color/RGB_Color.html

These colors work for me from bright interior lighting down to pitch black interior. {EDIT: I think many may find this background too light as a result of the common practice of users having brightness set far too high on displays, instead of letting their eyes adapt.}

I don't read much in the sun (I already have the scars where lesions have been cut out caused by too much time in the sun) but when I do I have no problem reading with those colors; however I do know how to position a display so that reflected light is of little problem.

I used to use a background with some yellow in it to give a slightly aged parchment like or very light beige color but as the reading apps in more recent times have made it so easy to adjust light level from practically completely dark to bright (the finger gesture Leebase mentions) I have discarded that background.

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Old 08-03-2019, 11:00 PM   #5
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Nice. I agree...he ability to fine tune the brightness goes a LONG way to adding comfort in any light
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:49 AM   #6
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I use white text on a dark reddish background. It works for me.

I use Marvin. I use iOS devices, kindle and Kobo devices. I don't think it's possible to sync between all those devices. I wish it was.
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:00 AM   #7
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Attached is my calibre viewer colours. It's a dark cyan on black.

Your colours remind me of my vim colour scheme which is called "flatlandia".

I get mocked at work for it because the comments sections show as grey on darker grey but it's easy on my eyes so that's the important thing.
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:08 AM   #8
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Attached is my calibre viewer colours. It's a dark cyan on black.

Your colours remind me of my vim colour scheme which is called "flatlandia".

I get mocked at work for it because the comments sections show as grey on darker grey but it's easy on my eyes so that's the important thing.
I like both. I also code in “dark mode”
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I like both. I also code in “dark mode”
I tend to take the Chuck Norris approach to comments, i.e. if I want your comments, I'll beat it out of you.

Serious, I learned long ago never to trust comments. So many people change the code but not the comments.
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Old 08-04-2019, 11:59 AM   #10
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I tried to show this at 1% light setting, but iOS screen capture doesn’t pay attention to the light setting.
What do you mean by that and what is it that you would have iOS (or any other OS) do?
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What do you mean by that and what is it that you would have iOS (or any other OS) do?
It means that no matter what the brightness setting, the screen shots looked he same. It would have been nice to show the very dim look of 1% light
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:19 PM   #12
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It means that no matter what the brightness setting, the screen shots looked he same. It would have been nice to show the very dim look of 1% light
I am not aware of any any application that puts a brightness setting in a JPEG program or any display application that uses such a setting to override user brightness setting.

The closest you can get to what you want is take a photograph of the screen instead of a screen capture.
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I really like a very, very light grey background with black type and clean fonts. That's fine for me. I rarely read in bed and if I do, the light doesn't bother my dog. He can sleep in full sunlight.
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This is my current favorite background and foreground color combo. I have it set as my night mode, but I use it most all of the time. It’s a nice low contrast combination, very easy on the eyes.

I tried to show this at 1% light setting, but iOS screen capture doesn’t pay attention to the light setting.

With FBReader as my app of choice, I can slide my finger up and down the screen to adjust the lighting such that it’s always comfortable. 1% in total darkness, very readable without disturbing my wife sleeping next to me.

Outside I’d probably go with black on white....but I don’t read outside that much.
Mine is pretty close to this. I also use FBReader on my Ipad Pro. It syncs up with FBReader on my Samsung S8, so it's a great solution for me. I'll grab a screenshot of mine when I get home (If I remember). What background and fonts are you using? I like to tinker, so I might try your combination and see how I like it, too.
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