Kindle may seem a strange idea for RSI aides at first but reading with RSI may also have its difficulties. Many of us enjoy reading but have you considered how your muscles and tendons work and fatigue in holding a book? A paperback generally weighs between 200g – 400g (7 – 12oz), whereas a hardback version of the same book will be perhaps 800g – 1Kg (closer to 2Lb).
The stress placed on your muscles by holding the book is directly related to the weight of course and don’t forget the ways you may hold your fingers to keep your page!
Have you considered using a light weight Kindle instead?
Kindle e-readers are lightweight with the standard e-reader weighing only 170g (around 6oz). We like the Kindle for that!
Kindle is made by Amazon and the new Paperwhite model weighs around 230g (around (8oz). Kindle Keyboard and Kindle Fire devices do weigh a bit more.
These devices have Wi-fi as standard and can store up to 3,500 e-books which you can download through your home Wireless Internet network, if you have one. There is also a 3G version which allows you to download books via the 3G mobile phone internet network – these downloads are FREE with no monthly contract!
Battery life is up to 2 months based on reading for 30 mins per day. Downloading a book typically takes about 1 minute.
Kindle Paperwhite offers 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast, a patented built-in front light for reading in all lighting conditions, up to 8 weeks of battery life, and a thin and light design.
Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G—the all-new top-of-the-line Kindle e-reader with free 3G wireless—so you never have to pay for or hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Generally Kindles come with a USB charging cable which could be fine when you only need to charge it every few weeks. Mains chargers are available as are a range of protective covers and accessories.
Which Kindle will be best for you?
The, least cost, e-Ink model is great but the Paperwhite models have significantly better (resolution and contrast) without being much heavier.
If you want one of the heavier models like the Kindle Fire or an Apple iPad – they work well with a stand!