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Friday, April 25, 2014

Old Eyes and Large Fonts

This is what a book looks like on my Nook with the Glow Light on. The light can be turned off, too. The font is large because I am getting older. I have been nearsighted since I was twelve, but with age I find I have to hold the book farther away, or take off my glasses, or use a large font. The large font is very comfortable for reading.

I don't own a Kindle, but I do have the Kindle app on my iPad--and this is what it looks like. It is possible to make the font very large. With such large type, there are fewer paragraphs on a page, but turning the page is easy. To turn the page, I simply swipe from the right side to the left--sort of like turning a paper page. :-) The Nook works the same way, but a reader can press the side of the Nook to turn the page as well. 

This is what a book looks like on my iPad with the iBooks app. Again, I increased the size of the font. It's easy to do and it can get bigger than I have it here.

I still read paper books, but I have to remove my eyeglasses to do so. I tried progressive lenses but I didn't like them.  However, I like the large fonts on my gadgets.

For those of you with old eyes, I recommend trying out the new technology.

Read a book. Exercise your mind.


MarkD60 said...

On my Kindle, if I increase the font, then a whole page doesn't fit. I just wear my glasses.
But, when I put a PDF file on my Kindle, I increase the font size to 22, so I can read it easier.

Sharon McGregor said...

Progressive lenses never worked for me either. I can still read mostly without glasses (only need them for distance) but I'm more comfortable when I increase the font size.
I use the kindle app on my tablet and also on my laptop depending where I am. Still have my Kobo but old age and I have lost my charger.

Penelope Marzec said...


22 is a very large font! :-)

Penelope Marzec said...


Good to know I'm not the only one who could not deal with progressive lenses.

It's tough to keep track of all the wires and chargers for all the gadgets. My old Nook had a white cord, which made it easy to find amid all the black cords. But when I got the newer Nook with Glow, the company went to basic black for the cord. :-(