A friend of mine has been raving on to me about the Amazon Kindle, and I confess to being intrigued. I have visual problems due to ME/CFIDS as well as Meares-Irlen Syndrome. Here is how they work with regard to reading:
1. Glare is bad, and anything fluorescent is a nightmare. My ability to read laptop screens varies.
2. When reading a laptop screen, I always increase the text size until it looks like it's in bold, plus I have a slightly higher DPI on my laptop. So I'm probably reading websites at around 150% of normal size, at least with LJ I am; I think it's less with others.
3. I haven't tried large print books, I've mostly switched to audiobooks. I do sometimes read ordinary books when my eyes are having a good patch, though fonts are very important, some are more readable than others. Verdana and Trebuchet seem to be my favourites.
4. I like green backgrounds, though sometimes orange will work as well. My reading glasses are tinted yellowy green, and I have a pair of orange glasses I wear in the evening to help me sleep (look up darkness therapy). I've got some of those coloured filters for dyslexia and such, and used to attempt to put them over laptop screens, although with larger laptops I have given up. Has anyone tried cutting them to size and taping them over a Kindle screen?
5. I sometimes can cope with standard paperback books, especially as the paper is yellowish, but I can't manage reading A4 paper, both because the lines end up too long for me to focus on, with too much text on the page, and because the white paper causes glare.
6. Audiobooks: can it play your average MP3 file, will it save your place, is the sound decent from a distance of, say, two feet? What sort of headphones will it take? Right now I have the computer type, and I like the ones with a big padded thing over the ear.
7. I'm a fast reader, and I'm not sure how much wil get onto the page of a Kindle when it's at a font and size I can read. Is this annoying? How quickly do pages turn?