I love my iPad

I love reading the Australian. The in depth articles and feature stories about national news. However I just do not understand broadsheet newspapers – as it is so large I have to spread it out over my lounge room floor to read it all.

Therefore I have a particular love for my iPad, the way it is so light and compact, I can sit anywhere and flick through news articles with no fuss.

Same goes for books. I know that any book lover will worship the experience of turning each page, experiencing the words with the accompanying ‘smell’. I know they will shudder in disgust when I say this – reading from books always bothered me. I love stories, narratives, the way they can take you to another world through the collaboration of words – but what about holding the book open, the cover constantly flipping shut, the large books taking up your entire handbag. I could not stand them.

Then when I bought an iPad – a light, portable device that stored by entire library, that would save what page I was up to, with a back-light allowing me to read absolutely anywhere I desired – all my petty hates were solved. I fell in love.

Often iPads, kindles and computers are criticised because of ‘eye fatigue’, Parker explains this to be the they way the online audience is staring into the projected light from the screen and the contrast between the letters and the page are different brightness levels. Therefore compared to a printed page, which just involves contrast between reflected light, online can cause great eye fatigue.

However I do not find this an issue with reading from an iPad.

This is probably because, as outlined in Pachal’s article ‘New iPad’s retina display reduces eye fatigue’, computer vision syndrome is screen resolution, and the new iPad has a higher resolution, therefore this is particularly effective in small letters.

Furthermore the article outlines that the closer the resolution is to the human eye, the better the visual comfort will be.

I do not also find an issue with visual exhaustion either.

Perhaps this is from what Parker outlined in his document too, that ‘generous’ margins on each side of the page is essential to not ‘bloat’ the page, the space between each line acts as a ‘rail’, which easily guides the eyes from left to right of each line, use subheadings to ‘advertise’ chunks of information. In my experience, these elements are used very effectively throughout news sites and the kindle, therefore they have not been an issue.

As opposed to a newspaper, which is designed to have different ‘entry’ points for the eye, Parker outlines in his journal ‘Looking good for print’, that online is restricted to a partial page view which stops the reader skim reading articles. He also says that print readers get the whole picture by seeing the entire newspaper. However online has many pros too, for example a book or newspaper could not provide you with links, interactive dictionaries, teaser stories on the side and video.

I love my iPad.


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