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Kindle-great; ergonomic design? not

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Initial post: Dec 17, 2011 7:38:02 AM PST
Love (the concept of) my Kindle; Don't love the lack of ergonomics. In other words difficult to hold at times. Has anyone (person or company) come up with a cover design that is easier to hold, like has a handle so it wont slip out when I read in bed? Am I the only one to notice this oversight in this age of functional design excellence? Putting a strip of duct tape on my holding side is my easy guy-fix. Anyone?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 7:39:34 AM PST
 nospin  says:
Which kindle are you talking about, Throckmorton?

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 7:43:55 AM PST
The original. No, its not the size. Its the shape; it's square. It should be user friendly with one hand and buttons near your thumb like a smart phone. I have to use 2 hands to navigate and its awkward in bed; OK, I'm abit lazy when reading in bed :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 7:44:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2011 7:46:13 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
So you are talking about the original Kindle 1??? There is also the Kindle 2 and the Kindle Keyboard. Then there is the new Kindle without a keyboard and a Kindle Touch. Then you have the Kindle Fire which is an Android tablet and then of course let us not forget about the Kindle DX.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 7:47:28 AM PST
What would be user friendly for one hand for YOU might not work for me.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 7:51:26 AM PST
simple engineering: put a handle on a cover plate type product so your fingers are not ON the screen whe you hold it in one hand. They wouldn't have made something like this for the Space Shuttle (probably bad whispernet reception there anyway...)

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 7:52:20 AM PST
Jazzy - yes, the original Kindle (OK, I haven't upgraded)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 7:53:27 AM PST
 nospin  says:
I suggest you just buy the new basic kindle.

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Posted on Dec 17, 2011 7:53:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2011 7:56:39 AM PST
OP: You said "slip out" -- please clarify -- what slips out from where? Your naked (no cover) Kindle from your hand? Your Kindle from a cover that doesn't fit it properly?

Personally, I've never had a problem with one-hand useage -- and I always use a cover. There are various cover designs -- you might find one that makes holding the device (Hint: covers have edges that you can grab onto and that make accidental button pushing less likely) easier for you. Also, most covers which fold over form a natural pocket where your hand may fit. I have seen other posters complain that their Kindle was too thin and their hand got tired, a thicker cover was best for them.

Fyi: The original Kindle 1 is the model with the silver-sparkle bar. That was a long time ago; if you have been using that one all this time, you should have posted your concern earlier. All of the newer models are simplier to navigate.

ETA: If my Kindle had a handle, THEN I'd have to use two hands -- one to hold the handle, one to press the buttons.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 8:48:13 AM PST
OK, OK: I havent kept up with the newest Kindle (sorry Amazon; you get plenty of my money for everything else). Maybe if they made a cover with an adjustable strap for the holding hand it would feel more secure in my hand. Yes, Wild as I recline to enjoy my evening reading the Kindle slips from my hand and my hand gets tired (another post mentioned this) - maybe this is more the issue; I appreciate your suggestions.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 10:52:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2011 6:57:37 AM PST
Arual says:
Hi +Throckmorton.
I made a handle that works well for me. My Kindle is in a M-edge Executive cover, but my idea would probably work with any spine-type cover if you have one. I took a webbing-style dog leash (of all things) and cut it to fit around the cover's spine. Glue wouldn't do the trick, but I punched holes in it with a leather hole punch and screwed in fasteners to hold it together. It makes a great grab-strap when taking it out of my bag, and when reading in bed takes care of the same problems you are having by slipping my hand into it.

ETA: If interested in making one of these straps, be sure it is quite tight. It stretches a bit over time.

Hahaha. By the way, I'm a "she." There is at least one other Laura who writes on the Kindle boards and I wanted to distinguish myself.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 5:33:38 PM PST
Arual: Good idea!

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 5:38:28 PM PST
I have the KK and find no problem holding it with one hand and using my thumb to turn the page. I saw a cover for the Fire that had a strap on the back that your hand could slide into so maybe there's something similar for the original Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 5:41:33 PM PST
B. says:
Duct tape I still laughing, I just do not believe some of these people, duct tape, beats everything I've heard todate. Almost sounds like a Nook.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 5:45:45 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 5:50:07 PM PST
B. says:
Throckmorton, listen to this here Arual, he's on to something that sounds a little better than basic grey duct tape. I just love the fastner idea and hopefully using using dry wall screws. Hot darn. ideas like this makes one just want to Happy Dance.

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 6:18:03 PM PST
I've always wondered why no one made an attachment with a handle for tablets, especially for people who carry them around in industrial sites. If someone does, I haven't seen one. I certainly wouldn't want it built into the device, and not everyone would want one, but having handle I could attach would be great. (I'm not being sarcastic.)

Heck, one of us should design one and sell it through Ronco.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 6:56:16 AM PST
sorry for late reply (working; go figure). Its not a Nook; Its actually a second generation (same size as first I think). I didnt return it because a. like the amazon convenience and library. b. no alterntive which fixes my issue on the market at the time (and not now...) -needs abetter way to hold it. I like Aural's idea; I may try that.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 6:58:06 AM PST
Exactly! It needs a COVER with a handle; like they say "necessity is..." can't be that difficult; not building a rocket here

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 6:59:34 AM PST
agree: my duct tape fix is working so far. maybe I should have just kept quiet (ha)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 7:03:26 AM PST
Bernie says:
have kindle 2 and find it excelent as can hold it in ether hand, on the lap, on the desk and plug in at work, in the car and plugin on the road, in a back pack, I even have room in my coat pocket. I could go on.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 7:04:07 AM PST
Aural: a. sorry for the late reply b.Thanks - thats awesome; your idea sounds excellent - its exactly what I meant. I figured someone out 'there' had the same problem I did. My wife (I am a "he") has been brainstorming the 'problem' with me and I think I will try yours. Or send it to NASA. Actually, on second thought, yours.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 7:11:01 AM PST
Bernie: I can hold it; not the issue. Despite the product claims, it is NOT ergonomic; it is NOT designed for our hands. Its is flat, slick and cannot be operated with ONE hand like some (not all) smart phones. Primitive example: A walking stick (think new ski pole design) with a curved top and finger grip ridges is ergonomic; a straight/flat stick is not.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2011 7:13:49 AM PST
B. says:
Simply duct tape a coat hanger on your device, knowing the great unwashed as I do, it would be an instant sellout.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 7:16:16 AM PST
The page buttons of the Kindle 2 were the best. The 3 reverted to inner hinging, the 4 are hard to even click from the top. The 4 needs a ridge at the top so you can click forward. Also, buttons should be a different color, but industrial designers don't think they'll win awards if they use tacky colors. Also, the edges should be the thickest part to make it easy to hold, but thin is in, and making tapered edges make it look thinner.
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