Is Long Term Reading on iPad worse than Reading Real Books?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Starfyre, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    As the question states:

    Is long term reading on an iPad worse than reading non-digital hard/softcover books? Is it more damaging to eyesight in the long/short term?
  2. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    I have heard that reading ebooks on an iPad causes more eyestrain than reading on a Kindle or similar device. However, those comparisons were with the iPad/iPad 2, not the new iPad, so the results might differ. As far as I know, there have been no studies comparing an iPad (or any tablet/reader) to printed books.
  3. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA

    Nope. I've found it far better, especially since I get to control the text size and the color of the background and brightness of the background. The background brightness reduction is what helps it to cause less train on my eyes. Also, the brightness is independent within the App itself so it doesn't affect the brightness of the device when you exit the App. With books, you are stuck with the text size it's printed and the kind of paper it has.
  4. Batavian macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011
    I find reading a book or novel on any backlit screen to strain my eyes. So it's the Kindle or dead trees for me.
  5. JacaByte macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    I will always prefer bound books, but the new iPad is a joy to read on, you just have to set the brightness to where you want it to keep from straining your eyes. I find using sepia for the background helps as well.
  6. sza macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2010
    Some printed books are printed on glaring paper, which is bad for eyes.
  7. Medic278 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    I think its easier on my eyes to read on the iPad. As others have said I adjust the text and screen brightness until I find my comfort zone. I suppose if you were reading huge amounts of e-books, I guess there theoretically could be some damage done to your eyesight but I don't think there is much risk at all to the casual reader.
  8. squidkitten macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2012
    I think the fact that text on the new iPad is so much crisper on the retina display makes it much better on the eyes. I marathon read Mockingjay today until my battery died, and didn't find my eyes getting strained at all!

    It really is like looking at a better lit piece of paper.
  9. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    I find reading on the iPad much more pleasant than reading paper books.
  10. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    Personal preference, but I can't stand reading books on my iPad. I have a Kindle which is much better IMO.
  11. xdbuix macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    probably better to read hardcover books versus the ipad at least for me it is.
  12. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    It is certainly a personal preference. I dumped my Kindle in favor of my iPad after it sat idle in a drawer for nearly 8 months.
  13. MacAttacka macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2012
    Like most here, Ive been reading text on my PC monitor for many many years. My eyesight is fine. You need to decide whether reading on the iPad or a physical book suits YOU

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