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Vol. 5, No. 8 | August 2013

 

 

 

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For Older Eyes, E-readers Are Better
Replace Your Books With E-books...

US MED Gives BackIf your choice for recreational reading is the printed book, you might want to give an electric device a try.

A German study recently concluded that older adults find e-readers with backlighting, such as the iPad 2, the Kindle Fire, or the Nook HD, make reading more efficient and comfortable for the eyes. The backlit readers enhance contrast sensitivity, such as the ability to discern black text on a white background. Contrast sensitivity declines with age.

The study included two groups, younger readers age 21 to 34 and older adults ages 60 to 77. There was no difference in reading efficiency among younger readers, but older readers did better with the e-readers.

Other pluses with a reader: you can increase type size to suit your eyesight and download thousands of books.

Costs for these devices vary widely, mainly depending on features you want including web surfing, sending and receive email, text messaging, or games, music and movies.

 

 

 

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