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kindle vs real books

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by menaice, May 10, 2011.

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What do you think is better for the eyes?

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  2. Real paper back/hard cover book

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  3. I don't read

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  1. menaice

    menaice Regular Member

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    ok so i work as an IT tech so iam looking at computer screens for 9 hours a day, then i get home and normally on the computer. Checking emails and everything else with sites, ebay ect....

    So i decided to take up reading to help relax. So instead of doing my normal routine of coming home from work then going straight to the computer or tv, i wanted to kind of get away a bit from looking at it. Hence why i have read some really good books, i noticed not only does it relax me but helps greatly with going to sleep.

    Note* constantly looking at computer screens/tv strains my eyes and can give he a headache. Since i started reading it has HELPED ALOT.

    I wonder since the kindle is a computer screen would it be counter productive to use a kindle instead of reading paper back/hardcover books?
     
  2. Pekton

    Pekton Regular Member

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    I love my kindle. Have all my SEO/IM pdfs from the download section on there plus a ton of fiction/tech books. I use the doukan OS as it handles pdfs much better than the native kindle os. Find it much easier to read stuff on there than sat reading a pdf on the pc

    http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Duokan_Kindle
     
  3. SeeGoldTees

    SeeGoldTees Junior Member

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    The Kindle is great. I've never had eye trouble. Amazon announced they're opening a library to rent books for free within the next few months, so it's definitely a good investment.
     
  4. BassTrackerBoats

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    This is an interesting discussion that you are bringing up... I prefer an actual book because I do spend so much time online working and it is easier on my eyes.

    My wife prefers her kindle as she is not online as much as I am by any means and like the portability as as well as being able to DL books easily.

    I was at an eye doctors office yesterday and some lady was in the waiting room reading from her kindle and the staff asked her to turn it off because electronic devices were not allowed in there due to the kind of equipment (Lasik Lasers) that they use and electronic devises could be an issue.

    If she had a paperback, she would have still been able to read... so there are some situations where there is actually no choice.
     
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  5. menaice

    menaice Regular Member

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    Thanks Bass, i think he is the only one so far that understood what i am asking.

    The Kindle might be the greatest thing for ebooks. But ultimately what i am trying to get at... is if i am online/staring at a screen pretty much all day... and reading good books helps relief stress, and also helps you sleep (it does for me) WOULD using a kindle still hurt your eyes as oposed to reading some paper back books?
     
  6. lucius

    lucius Power Member

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    lol i dont think computer affects your eyes too much. for the last 4 years i have been looking at computer screens nearly 8 hours a day and my vision is still 20/20.
     
  7. GrizzlyAdams

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    i would just try buying one and return it if it doesn't work for you. the only problem i have with my laptop is reading outside in the sunlight so i print off things and read books when i'm out there. i'm usually so exhausted by the time i'm going to sleep so it doesn't matter if i've been staring at a screen all day i crash immediately
     
  8. Nugget16

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    The Kindle and other e-readers use what's known as electronic-ink (or a similar method of producing images). There is a documented reduction in average reading speed when computers are used. They are easier to read than most computer screens. The iPad claims to have similar quality, but I've only seen poor tests done to suggest this. If the iPad has any of the screen glare of the iPhone, I doubt it performs as well as electronic readers.

    I do the majority of my reading in bed on my side. If the book is large, I prop myself up with my hand. I prefer to have my head on a pillow and hold the book in one hand. The light-weight of my e-reader (kobo) allows me to do this. It also allows me to turn pages with one hand and a click of a button. You'd be surprised how much a lazy person can appreciate this.

    I still read both, and I like real books because we live in a materialistic world and I like stuff (owning electronic things doesn't feel the same - likely because it doesn't communicate social status). I don't know what I read faster on. One disadvantage of e-readers is they need to be kept charged. They won't die on a full charge, but I forget sometimes. You can read with it plugged into a charger, but the charger operates on a usb (I am sure there are adapters for outlets). I'm not sure what the best e-reader is. I got the kobo as a gift so I didn't reflect on the options and choose it over others. I do like it, though.

    Computers don't always harm your eyesight, but they can cause eyestrain, headaches, fatigue, and other issues. This will vary depending on your monitor quality. I need to get a new monitor as mine is terrible. I also have a program that reduces the lighting of my monitor relative to the time of day (so I get less glare at night in the dark).

    I don't have issues sleeping but there are some people who suggest using electronic screens before bed causes sleep difficulties. I don't have sleep issues. I've fell asleep after consuming medically unhealthy amounts of caffeine. I'm going off on a tangent because I'm likely procrastinating.

    I don't really feel like I'm using a computer screen when I use an electronic-reader. You can also download books, which is nice. I'm not sure which readers can do more in terms of text. For instance, I don't know if you could read a mathematical textbook and/or graphs (while I'm certain the iPad can).

    You should be able to view an e-reader in the store. If you read a chapter of a book (almost all of them have a few default books), you can see if it's for you. If computer screens converted over to electronic-ink formats (which probably isn't likely anytime soon, as there are better technologies I suspect, just cost issues), I'd be quite happy. There are studies on the relationship between screen-technology and the viewer, and some people believe it decreases the value of the experience. So maybe all our video games will be 20% better when screens improve.
     
  9. LukaB

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    I am no fan of books (read few) and don't have a kindle, but I'd say a real book, technology is just taking over the world, reading a book on kindle is different from reading it from a book in my opinion.
     
  10. gorzo

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    The e-ink screen is fabulous IMO. I was going through the same things as you... I work a lot on computers (all day) and at the end of the day when I want to relax and read (for me mostly tech docs and pdfs) I would still have to sit and look at my laptop screen. So I decided to go with the kindle and moved all my PDFs and docs from my comp and I absolutely love it! I can now read my books after working on a computer all day with no issues. The e-ink screen is nothing like a laptop/LCD/etc... minimal or no glare and it is a very soft screen with crisp text. It is basically just like a book if you dont mind not holding paper and turning pages.
     
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    +1.

    I read a LOT, about lots of things, so whenever I'm not at home (I also travel regularly) I like to carry some books with me, both to read at the airport and while away, and my kindle is awesome for this task. I still prefer the printed version for some books, like programming books - I love my PHP and HTLM5 paperbacks, but nothing beats being able to carry so many titles in such a tiny device. Oh, and it's a pleasure to read, unlike using a computer display for the task.
     
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    The Kindle screen is not a "computer screen." I don't think there's any eye strain from the Kindle.

    Since getting my Kindle the first of the year, I've read over 50 books, most of them free from Amazon and not public domain.

    TT