Is One E-Reader Better for Your Eyes Than Another?

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Neufeldt2002

When they get past the propriatary formats and settle on one, then I will think about getting one. Or have a reader that reads all formats. That is a deal breaker for me.

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JohnP

 Its called the E-Pub format. Only player that does NOT have it is Amazon. Go figure.

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JohnP

  Funny thing is that I PREFER the reader over books and would NEVER try to read a novel on an LCD screen for more than 20 minutes. Two reasons for not using a book. One is that I can set the size of the text. Paperback books are just a tad hard for me to read with my progressive lenses. The other is that E-Ink DOES have less contrast, a regular hard cover in bright light (say, sun light) loses over the SONY reader.

 Totally agree that there are tricks to properly light an E-Ink reader. I use an LED reading lamp from IKEA to shine on the book and an low level ambient light source for the background. I can read for hours and hours and have!

I completely disagree with using an LCD to read. I spend a lot of time reading web pages and after a couple of hours, my eyes are shot and I usually lay down for a bit. LCDs suck wind for prolonged reading compared to E-Ink. I do not know exactly WHY but experience is a good teacher.

 Right now I am reading a hard cover book that is in the library in town but I still am using the Sony Reader. Least I do not have to worry about bookmarks or holding the book for hours or trying to read while I am eating and watch the pages automatically flip (or little bent corners or cigarette smell or coffee stains or underlining or notes in the margin).

  Books have been around for ages, literally. It will take some time but books will start to disappear soon. The explosion of E-Book readers clearly shows that there is a REASON why they are so popular. Love it or hate it, the age of paper is slowly going away. Newspapers are just the start.

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dingoinde

Could they fix the refresh speed of a page.  The black - white flash that take 2 seconds to draw the screen.  Is this the best they can do.  I like the low power, the no power to display a page, but fix the refresh.  I was playing with them at a couple of stores (Sony reader  and the Barnes and Noble reader)  The page turn and ui is just way to slow and quirky.  Its making me consider the iPad even without the transflective screen.

Being a geek, this is my solution for the 500 page tomes of knowledge that doesn't require a donkey to haul it around.  I am just having trouble falling in love. 

You want it when? No really. Your Kidding?

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JohnP

 I have read literally over 100 novels on my Sony Reader. If there is a pause in page flipping, I truly do not notice any more. It is the same with flipping pages in a book, that is not instantaneous you know. You just are so used to it that your brain ignores it. At least a E-Book reader will not accidentally flip over a couple of pages! Its so annoying to read a half a page before going WTF? and then backtracking and rereading to figure out what happened. That is such a pain. Heh!

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ssbowers

Uh... this isn't supposed to be news... is it? All experts agree.

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QuakindudeMod

I think when rumors are out there talking about how bad E-Readers are on your eyes, it's certainly good to know that someone has taken the health of our eyes into consideration. Although, I HATE E-Readers. Give me my books on dead trees. No batteries to worry about, no cross formats to worry about, no $400 pieces of equipment to break or lose or have stolen. 

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QuakindudeMod

Something else to consider. Do E-Books have "libraries"? Perhaps a downloadable copy that expires in 14 days for minimal price? Right now, I've got library cards from roughly 25 different cities from Snellville, GA all the way to Seoul, South Korea. Libraries are free with the only thing bad about them being the wait for new releases. However, it's a library. So while my name is on the list for a new release, it isn't like I've got nothing else to read. 

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To0nces

I would much rather have a real book. Cheaper, and really, if it isn't broke don't fix it. Something about an e-reader just doesn't seem the same.

Plus, it's not much fun having a big collection of books on an e-reader as it is on your book shelf.

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ddimick

If you do all your reading at home, ebook readers offer little except a quicker way to acquire new reading material. However, if you travel or read in other places, they are very convenient.

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Bilbert

when traveling, how many different books do you read? well i suppose schoolbooks would be worth having on an E-Book Reader but i personally prefer paper.

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To0nces

Yeah textbooks are probably the best use for e-readers. This would actually be a LOT better than lugging around textbooks. And I'd imagine it would be a lot cheaper than buying a big hardcover too.

For everyday reading though, just give me paper :P

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Mighty BOB!

Do they have Ctrl+F?  I would have killed for a Ctrl+F in my textbooks when I was in school. :P

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nekollx

 that's actually a really good question

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