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Initial post: Dec 15, 2012 6:13:44 PM PST
Bill King says:
I have a question about screen size. For those of you who have both on the old DX's and one of the new 8.9" size Fires. Can you get more of the same size text on one of these, if so which of these two?

Like most people who reach middle age the regular Kindle does not display enough text for me to be practical, if the text is big enough to read easily, that is.... :")

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 6:58:20 PM PST
The Artist says:
I don't have either, but I wanted to mention that there's not much difference in screen size between a 9" diagonal screen and an 8.9" diagonal screen. 1/10th of an inch diagonally is tiny.

The important thing for you to keep in mind is if you are able to read on a backlit lcd screen. Some people are bothered by reading for long periods of time on that kind of screen, others are fine with it. If you can read your computer screen for long periods of time without problems, then it won't bother you.

Another thing to consider is that you can't read the Fire in sunlight. E-ink screens can be read in full sunlight.

Unfortunately, new DXs are no longer available, so unless you are planning on buying a used one, you don't have too many options for a larger screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 8:12:37 PM PST
No offense, but I'm middle aged, and a 6" screen holds plenty of text, either through the bottom half of my bifocals, or with them off. Have you had your close-up Rx checked??

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 5:17:38 AM PST
Debi says:
Well you're lucky then. I'm with the OP, I can see the smaller print but it causes me eye strain.

I have Dx's and I read with the 3rd largest print. The regular fire has the same size options so I imagine the 8.9'' does also.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 5:37:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012 5:39:21 AM PST
The Blade says:
Bill, I have the 8.9 & I have a good friend who has the DX. I have had the opportunity to borrow it on occasion.

Text size is a wash as is screen size. I prefer *any* eink screen for long form reading, but the experience on the 8.9 is quite nice for a back lit LCD. I turn on the sepia background for my book and that seems to help. The DX technology is old and I do not expect Amazon to continue to support that device much longer. It has been awhile since they have had a meaningful firmware upgrade for the device.

So, if you are trying to decide between the two then I would suggest that you should look hard at intended use. If long form reading is your main goal (say, 2 hours plus or minus at a single sitting) then perhaps the DX should be your consideration. But if you intend to do more than just that, or if you don't intend to read so much at one given time, then the convenience and the newer technology of the 8.9 might be the better choice. Outside use is no competition. The DX wins that one hands down. Periodicals are amazing on the 8.9.

I absolutely love my 8.9. I use it often and for many things. But I also have a PW & a KK for those times when I just want to curl up with a good book and not move for 4 or 5 hours.

YMMV. Best of luck on your decision.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 6:19:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012 6:31:54 AM PST
If I were you, I'd go for the large screen Fire HD. The DX is obsolete and the backlit LCD screen is probably better for vision-impaired readers anyway.

There was a widely-reported study released last month about the benefits of digital tablets for vision impared readers. It was conducted using iPads and e-ink Kindles, before the release of the lighted-screen Paperwhites, and found the greatest improvement in reading speed was realized on the iPad. I'm sure results for the large-screen Fire HD would have been comparable or better and suspect that the results for the e-ink Kindle would have improved with the PW, but the larger screen and brighter lighting on the iPad would probably still have produced better results.

Here's one of the reports: http://www.aao.org/newsroom/release/20121111b.cfm

I'm in my mid-sixties and my vision isn't what it used to be, particularly in low-light conditions, but I don't have a problem reading on a 6-inch screen with good lighting and larger font sizes. I'm getting a PW for Christmas and expect it to improve my reading experience compared to the Keyboard and Basic models I use now.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 7:59:21 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I'm 72 years old with macular degeneration as well as diabetic retinopothy, and yet, with reading glasses I can read on my 6" Kindle just fine. I make the font just a little bit larger and that takes care of it for me.

With a typical paperback I get eyestrain and I've never liked hardbacks so large text books are no fun, and the text seems overly large. With the Kindle I make it just what I want it to be and I can read all I want.

I have tablets large and small and I can read on them for about 15 or 20 minutes but then the backlight gets to me and I have to stop. The Kindle is just right.

Barry
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