• Posted by susana-m on May 16, 2024 at 8:59 pm

    Hi everybody, I’ve got a question for this resourceful bunch.

    I tend to read a lot but have found that kindle, ebooks & PDFs leave my eyes pretty tired. And that’s including blue light protection. As I can no longer hold up a book or turn the pages easily, I need a workaround.

    Do you have any book prop and page turners that work well? Ideally I’d be able to turn pages from my cell phone or voice commands. I’ve found some authors are not releasing their books on digital format because of fraud so…. I’m open to a good product or a creative solution.

    susana-m replied 2 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • kevin-schaefer

    May 17, 2024 at 9:34 am

    Hey Susana, I’m not sure if this will work for you, but I wrote a column about how I manage this a while back: https://smanewstoday.com/columns/turn-page-already-reading-books-physical-obstacles-challenges-resourcefulness/

  • alyssa-silva

    May 17, 2024 at 10:03 am

    Hey Susana, I know you said your Kindle makes your eyes tired, but what if you tried positioning the reader further away and using this clicker to turn the pages? Perhaps this could be a last resort. I haven’t been able to use a physical book in years. I miss feeling the crisp pages at every turn and the smell of books. (Books totally have a sense of smell, in my opinion.) I hope you find a solution soon.

    • deann-r

      May 18, 2024 at 9:43 am

      My mom has Kindle Paperwhite that I’m a little jealous of because it seems easier on the eyes. That clicker is really tempting to try. Lately when I read, it’s on my phone so wouldn’t need it yet but I’ll keep it in mind for sure. Is it easy to press?

  • susana-m

    May 20, 2024 at 4:27 pm

    Kevin, the struggle is real. Props are a good assist in the moment, but I’m looking for a long-term solution.

    Alyssa, I love books. I love everything about them from the stories they contain to the feel of the paper on my hands and the smell of the ink. The clicker is a good idea when using my Kindle. Have been trying not to use the Kindle as much because of the way that I’m holding my neck and back.

    Deann, the Kindle paperwhite is easier on the eyes, but it reflects a lot if you’re outside. It also doesn’t solve the problem of looking down to read, which I forgot to mention earlier. We all look down so much now with our cell phones that I’m noticing my posture has deteriorated.

    So book prop, page turner and held up so that I am not looking down.

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