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E-book Readers Just Make Sense

For years I resisted getting an e-book reader because I figured it wasn’t something that I needed. Now that I have one I can say that they just make sense for someone with fibromyalgia. Besides the core aspects, there are nifty features that are great for fibro fog days! Things like dictionary and web look up, highlighting and note taking capabilities.

I’d say one of the biggest advantages is that you don’t have to worry about keeping a book open. I can remember many times when I’d be reading and I’d have to keep rearranging how I was holding the book because my fingers, hands or wrists were hurting. They mostly would hurt because of having to apply pressure to keep the pages open. I even bought a thumb page holder device to see if that would help (it didn’t much). Of course, changing positions often can make concentrating on what you’re reading a bit harder. With an e-book reader you only have to make sure it is balanced somewhere or that you’re holding it just enough that it doesn’t fall. This allows you to read in even more positions.

Another benefit is how much lighter in weight e-book readers are. I used to rarely bring books with me unless I was 100% sure that I’d be reading them. I find that with my Kindle I bring it with me anytime I think I might want to read. The lighter weight contributes to it being easier for my body to hold, than a book. Besides being lighter, it is also smaller than many books so it doesn’t take up as much of valuable space in a purse or backpack. Since e-books can be downloaded anywhere, you can easily download your next book when you’re ready – even if you’re on vacation. Many libraries offer e-books for checkout too.

If your eyes struggle while reading there are a few key options many e-books offer. Pretty much all e-book readers let you change the font size. I’ve seen people that don’t have good enough vision to be able to drive easily read on a Kindle DX. Some e-book readers use e-ink, which doesn’t give off glare and refreshes less, making it less fatiguing for eyes than LCD screens. E-ink is also easy to read in natural light and gives amazing battery life. Some e-book readers also offer text-to-speech autonarration which takes your eyes completely out of it!

What type of e-book reader do you use/want?

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My Kindle Keyboard 3G


Comment from Terry
Time April 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

WE got a Kindle Fire for Christmas last year – we all love it. My wife the fibromite pretty much does not read anything now that’s not available on the Kindle. It really is great, so much better than dealing with a regular book, particularly for reading in bed.

I have been working on the mobile web version of the FibroTrack self-managment system and it will be optimized for use on the Kindle. Check out the brief intro video we just got done – Please let me know if your interested in beta testing it. I would really value your input at this stage as we are building in content and setting up the tutorials.


Comment from Bonnie
Time April 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

I have downloaded both the kindle and nook to my iPad. I take it with me everywhere, especially to doctor’s appointments where I have to sit and wait forever. At night I position it on a pillow so I don’t have to hold it. It was the best gift my husband has ever given me.
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Comment from Felicia Fibro
Time April 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

Mine was a gift as well! I got it last Christmas.


Comment from Karen
Time April 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’ve had the Nook Color for about a year and a half now and it has been soooo great! I do most of my reading on it now with a few exceptions. It is especially great for trips where I used to take at least 4-5 books (I read A LOT on vac.) Now I just take the Nook! It’s not good in the sun tho, but it’s been a godsend when I’ve been in fibro-hell and bed-bound. I can get on the internet, read, or play games (love me some Angry Birds). I’d really love an IPad but those things are too damned expensive!
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

That is a lot of reading! I have a friend with a Nook and she loves hers too.


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