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cannot read kindle fire in the sun


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Initial post: Apr 2, 2013 2:49:34 AM PDT
A. MccLuskey says:
Can I set the kindle fire screen to read in sunshine?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 2:51:07 AM PDT
Not really. It has a backlit LCD screen like your computer, and it can't be read in sunlight.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 2:57:25 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
it's a known problem and also applies to light streaming in a window as I found out on my last train trip

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 3:25:05 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
No. I would suggest that you accept that one can never own too many Kindles, and follow the example of the guy in this ad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS3t9reE364

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 4:19:38 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
Yes, if you set it, and yourself, under an umbrella that is blocking the sun, you should be able to read it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 5:05:04 AM PDT
And turn the brightness and contrast up as far as they'll go. The problem arises from competing light sources - the backlit screen vs the sunlight. All you can do is reduce the sunlight as much as possible and increase the backlight as much as possible, in the hope that the backlight can then win the light war.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 5:18:42 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I thought I'd be smart and get an anti-glare screen protector for my 1st Gen iPad so I could read outside. Two months later, I bought my Kindle Keyboard and haven't looked back.

If you are going to be reading outside, the eink reader is the only way to go.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 5:21:05 AM PDT
Albena says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 5:35:33 AM PDT
Most people want to get away from the keyboard so it probably won't happen. This is a customer forum so we are only guessing as Amazon won't say until it is ready for release.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 5:36:25 AM PDT
Just got my Lady a basic Kindle for her week in the Florida sun. She's been an iPad user for a few years, but has been raving how awesome the little $70 Kindle is for the beach.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 5:41:45 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
Albena, I expected to not like the touchscreen on the Paperwhite. I couldn't have been more wrong. It is so responsive, and much easier to use than the physical keyboard that I have on my K2i and DXG. If you haven't tried it, you may be surprised as I was. I'd never go back to one with button controls.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 5:47:34 AM PDT
Albena says:
when you get old and your fingers shake, the keyboard is the only solution!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 5:58:21 AM PDT
Most? Really? On what do you base that statement? Many people want to get away from a keyboard. Many others don't. Amazon will decide whether to release a non-touch PaperWhite based on their market research. I wouldn't assume either way. I'd love to see a non-touch version myself.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 6:33:22 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Albena, in that case the only solution is one of Fire HD line of devices with large Blutooth keyboard. I don't expect e-ink models with either built in physical keyboard (which would be tiny, anyway) or BT connectivity for external keyboards.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 9:18:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2013 9:21:15 AM PDT
The inability to read an LCD screen in sunlight isn't a problem. It's inherent in the technology. It's the nature of the beast. If you want to read get eink. Then you can read anywhere.

I do have a friend who carries a large black cloth with him that he drapes over his head and IPad. Having an Apple device looks so cool.

I was in a coffee shop that is popular with students. As I was drinking coffee and reading a book the sun started coming in through the windows on the west. All the students got up with their laptops and move to the east side of the shop. Me? I sat there and read on my Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 6:23:11 PM PDT
Albena says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 6:40:48 PM PDT
King Al says:
Speak for yourself. I don't agree with any of your points -- telling someone that you are on page 300 could mean that you are 50% done or 35% done, depending on which edition of the book you have.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 7:59:22 PM PDT
Your idea of user-friendly and mine are completely different. To which of us is Amazon expected to listen?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 8:17:56 PM PDT
Anne Shirley says:
Why, as soon as Amazon sees your post, I'm sure they'll start work on one.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 8:32:43 PM PDT
Albena, all you need is this and you will no longer have a problem using the keyboard on your Kindle Fire, or need a Kindle Paperwhite with a keyboard.

Incipio Inscribe Capacitive Tip Stylus for Kindle Fire, Black

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 9:28:47 PM PDT
Sue says:
Albena,

Why don't you get a stylus? I use one all the time because my fingers are always cold and that does not work with a touch screen. A stylus works on both the Kindle Fire and Paperwhite because I have both of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2013 9:43:38 PM PDT
Sue says:
Albena,

As far as being user friendly, I think your idea and mine are so far apart. I have had Kindles for about 3 years and have had no trouble with them.

Because I have bad allergies and get colds very easily and these things makes it hard for me to read. With the Kindle I can change the size of the print so it is easier to see. The only real problem I have is that my fingers are cold and that is why I use a stylus.

I think Amazon had done a great job on accomadating many of the customer's needs with their Kindles.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 8:30:24 AM PDT
loriltx says:
" And who in every day conversations refers to how far they are in a book by
% read?"

I would guess most people. When you are discussing a book, you honestly say that you are on page so and so instead of saying, I'm half way through or two-thirds through?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 8:32:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2013 8:40:17 AM PDT
Erich says:
"Whoever was in charge of this kindle book design definitely isn't a book reader."

Snort.

Yeah, no one at Amazon thought to test market the Kindle with readers during the design phase. Riiiiiiiiight. Instead, a bunch of geeky engineers ordered a case of Red Bull, pizza, and the complete original Star Trek series on Blu-Ray, and just started sketching the final design on a grease-stained napkin. They then stumbled in to Jeff Bezos's office, woke him from his afternoon nap, explained the design to him in Klingon, got an approval signature from his kids who were in the room drawing with crayons, and mailed the napkin-blueprints to the factory in China. Three weeks later - BAM! Kindles.

Yeah, that's it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2013 8:36:40 AM PDT
Erich says:
Given that different editions have different page counts, I don't recall ever saying to my wife, "I'm on page 327", because her next question would inevitably be, "How many pages is the book?"

I usually say something like, "I'm about half way through."

But I did chose her for her highly advanced critical thinking skilz... so maybe she's the exception.
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