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Initial post: Dec 5, 2013, 8:06:07 PM PST
Any suggestions as to cutting glare from sun on my Kindle Fire HD when trying to read in the car = while husband is driving of course. Would be great if there was a film that would cover the creen for this purpose?

Posted on Dec 5, 2013, 8:25:26 PM PST
Artist says:
Backlight lcd devices like the Fire are not meant to be used in the sun.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013, 5:53:05 AM PST
A beach towel.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013, 6:48:42 AM PST
A. Dietz says:
Tell your husband to only drive at night?

Seriously, there is no product that is going to make a backlit LCD screen readable in direct sunlight.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013, 7:29:15 AM PST
The problem isn't really glare. The brighter light source (sun) overpowers the dimmer light source (LCD screen). Think of standing in your living room at night with the lights on. When you look out the window all you see is black. If you turn off the lights in the house you can see out the window.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013, 7:29:38 AM PST
DLee says:
Evelyn, there are matte screen protectors, aka anti-glare, that you can put on your Kindle Fire screen and it will reduce the glare a bit, although those type screen protectors typically have a slight 'glittery' type overtone to them.

However, as others have noted, K-Fires and sunlight don't go well together. Would be a good idea to get yourself a Paperwhite for traveling in the car to read from.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013, 7:49:36 AM PST
L. Hill says:
Evelyn... despite the naysayers...I read all the time in bright places. Some things to try...set page to black page/white text, turn brightness all the way up, try to place Fire out of direct sunlight, tilt Fire so Sun is not reflected directly back to your eyes. It does require some challenges - I can't read in sunglasses, for instance - but you can do it. A final trick is to numb up the font size one notch ... noticed this one day at beach when I saw Mom reading - and could see hers better...because her font was larger...this is my "last ditch" trick to counter sunlight. I would avoid screen covers...they all serve to limit the amount of ""light" that is displayed...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013, 7:50:27 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Evelyn, the key thing is to turn the brightness up all the way on the device (swipe down from the top when you are on the homescreen and you'll see that control).

As FoundQuilting mentioned, the issue is that you are reading what is on the screen by a light coming from behind the image (inside the device). That light is competing with light hitting the screen from the front (the sun, perhaps). Putting a film on the screen would actually reduce the amount of light from the device getting through, which might make it worse.

I typically don't keep the brightness up all the way...turning the brightness down makes a big difference in how long the battery charge lasts. However, in a bright situation, it's the best option you have.

Glare, by the way, has to do with how much light reflects back off the surface...think of a mirror reflecting the sun into your eyes. There are anti-glare screens which make the surface less reflective, but that won't really help with this backlighting issue.

You read a non-Fire the same way you read a paperbook...by light reflecting off the screen. Paper is not a very reflective surface, so there is no glare issue with a paperbook (there can be with a glossy magazine). On a non-Fire, it's possible an anti-glare screen would be helpful, but I haven't often encountered a situation where there was much glare on a non-Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2013, 7:58:40 AM PST
Reading on a LCD screen in the sun is like watching TV with the sun shining on the screen.
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