Reading books on iPad PRO (screen protector and app selections)

hajime

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I am drawn between reading from real university textbooks, laser printed version or pdf version. I get glare reading from the former two. The situation is worse when reading those thick pillow-like Physics and Engineering texbooks.

In the case of buying an iPad PRO 12.9" mainly for reading, should I get a glass protector or a matte one? I guess glass protector allows crystal clear reading but a matte one may better due to less reflection from my desk lamp. Any comment?

What app is good for reading/annotating pdf version of university textbooks? Can I also change the background of the page such as the yellowish one?
 

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I am drawn between reading from real university textbooks, laser printed version or pdf version. I get glare reading from the former two. The situation is worse when reading those thick pillow-like Physics and Engineering texbooks.

In the case of buying an iPad PRO 12.9" mainly for reading, should I get a glass protector or a matte one? I guess glass protector allows crystal clear reading but a matte one may better due to less reflection from my desk lamp. Any comment?

What app is good for reading/annotating pdf version of university textbooks? Can I also change the background of the page such as the yellowish one?
The iPad Pro has one of the industry's lowest reflectance. Any glass protector will completely ruin the effort and hard work Apple went into making it one of the best displays in the world.

I read almost every day on my iPP10.5 ( probably about 1-2 hours on average ); large technical books. The display is set to about 50% brightness. I use bright lights ( 5000k ) at work and home, but all are reflective, so direct light to cause a point of glare. I've found the lower brightness helps reduce eye fatigue.

The iPad produces its own light, a lamp is not necessary.

Check up on this for glare prevention, among other things:
https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/lighting_survey.html
 
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hajime

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The iPad Pro has one of the industry's lowest reflectance. Any glass protector will completely ruin the effort and hard work Apple went into making it one of the best displays in the world.

I read almost every day on my iPP10.5 ( probably about 1-2 hours on average ); large technical books. The display is set to about 50% brightness. I use bright lights ( 5000k ) at work and home, but all are reflective, so direct light to cause a point of glare. I've found the lower brightness helps reduce eye fatigue.

The iPad produces its own light, a lamp is not necessary.

Check up on this for glare prevention, among other things:
https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/lighting_survey.html
Thanks for the very useful link.

Which of the three means I mentioned in the original post do you find most comfortable to read on?
 

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Thanks for the very useful link.

Which of the three means I mentioned in the original post do you find most comfortable to read on?
It took a little while ( probably a year ) but I have completely transitioned to digital reading. If I have a printed book to read, I use iOS11 to scan the book pages into a note, then move to iBooks. The limit is 24 pages. Which is perfect for my work. After about 24 pages, I need a short break anyway.
 

hajime

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Looks like Tech Armor ‘s protectors are popular. There is a blue light cut version, matte version and clear glass version. Which is better for reading? Don’t know why some users reported eye strains on the iPad Pro 2017.
 

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Don’t know why some users reported eye strains on the iPad Pro 2017.
iPad Pro is significantly brighter than previous iPads. If you run it a 100% brightness and sit 24-36in away for long periods of time you probably will suffer significant eye strain or headaches.
 
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