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Old 03-20-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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Nope. But then: I have never bought an e-book. They are a solution in search of a problem. If I live into the 24th century, I will still read actual books and not glowing screens.
Since no one has glasses or vision problems in the 24th century, it might work better. Until then, I'll keep my Kindle ereader for the adjustable fonts and total lack of eye strain (compared to tiny print in books or the eye strain from tablets, laptops and computers).
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:50 PM
 
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Since no one has glasses or vision problems in the 24th century, it might work better. Until then, I'll keep my Kindle ereader for the adjustable fonts and total lack of eye strain (compared to tiny print in books or the eye strain from tablets, laptops and computers).
That is so sadly true. My eyes went from relatively normal (corrected with glasses) to 'old' eyes overnight. I'm very grateful for my kindle.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Nope. But then: I have never bought an e-book. They are a solution in search of a problem. If I live into the 24th century, I will still read actual books and not glowing screens.
eInk doesn't glow, it looks just like paper and ink. Maybe you should try educating yourself on them first, before you pass judgement.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Since no one has glasses or vision problems in the 24th century, it might work better. Until then, I'll keep my Kindle ereader for the adjustable fonts and total lack of eye strain (compared to tiny print in books or the eye strain from tablets, laptops and computers).
Your e-reader is giving you a whole new set of eye problems though.

Human eyes are designed to view reflected light. Direct light of any kind (staring at the sun, staring directly into an electric light, even staring at a flame for a long period of time) is really bad for your eyes. Prolonged exposure will cause damage. And your e-reader is most definitely direct light. It may be dimmer than a bright flashlight or the sun, but that just means it is damaging your eyes more slowly over a long period of time. But the damage is occurring.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Your e-reader is giving you a whole new set of eye problems though.

Human eyes are designed to view reflected light. Direct light of any kind (staring at the sun, staring directly into an electric light, even staring at a flame for a long period of time) is really bad for your eyes. Prolonged exposure will cause damage. And your e-reader is most definitely direct light. It may be dimmer than a bright flashlight or the sun, but that just means it is damaging your eyes more slowly over a long period of time. But the damage is occurring.
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eInk doesn't glow, it looks just like paper and ink. Maybe you should try educating yourself on them first, before you pass judgement.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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As for the preferred length of a book, I think it is a strange and very artificial litmus test of what we "like". If it's a good book, beautiful/thought-provoking/interesting/spell-binding in some way/etc., then the length doesn't really matter. I'll give two examples at the extremes which are favorites of mine and to which I have returned more than once for re-reading:


On the short extreme is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This little volume of great poetic beauty and also great profundity is, on the surface, a children's fable but in reality is much more than that. It is beloved by children and by adults throughout the French-speaking world.


On the longish extreme is The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, coming in at somewhere around 1,000 pages, and more if you include The Hobbit as an appropriate beginning. That saga kept me engaged and intrigued from start to finish; it is hard for me to describe the magic of it. I will just say I have lots of company, while admitting that plenty of other people don't care for it. But the length is not the issue. (Obviously, if you don't like something, forcing yourself through the entire length of a long book will be torture, but that is not the same as the length being the issue.)
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:48 PM
 
Location: City Data Land
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I like reading e-book versions of long books (more than 400 pages or so). I can avoid the hand cramp that I get from holding the thick tomes for long periods of time. Although I prefer paper books, I get really great prices on Kindle books from indie authors, so I have amassed quite a selection.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:36 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Nope. But then: I have never bought an e-book. They are a solution in search of a problem. If I live into the 24th century, I will still read actual books and not glowing screens.
I used to say that back before I ever read an ebook. I read my first ebook... within less than a month I had 100% switched to ebooks. Note I read about 120 books/year.

Of course you need some sort of tablet before you test it. I'd had an iPad for a few months before I tried it. I never looked back. These days I hate when I can get a book I want only in dead tree format.


What amazes me the most is my public library access to ebooks via Overdrive which all public libraries I've joined (about 10) support. I suffer insomnia and read as a means of trying to get tired enough to sleep. It's just astonishes me that I can finish a book (perhaps in a series) at 2 a.m. and then within less than 10 minutes find the next in the series, check it out, D/L to my iPad, and be back reading the sequel in mere minutes.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:46 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Your e-reader is giving you a whole new set of eye problems though.

Human eyes are designed to view reflected light. Direct light of any kind (staring at the sun, staring directly into an electric light, even staring at a flame for a long period of time) is really bad for your eyes. Prolonged exposure will cause damage. And your e-reader is most definitely direct light. It may be dimmer than a bright flashlight or the sun, but that just means it is damaging your eyes more slowly over a long period of time. But the damage is occurring.
You've clearly never actually LOOKED at an ereader. They are reflected light. You're thinking of tablets, laptops and computer screens.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Canada
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You've clearly never actually LOOKED at an ereader. They are reflected light. You're thinking of tablets, laptops and computer screens.
A link on kindles: Why Are e-Readers Great for Reading in the Sun?
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