Chrome for Android now allows you to search on highlighted text from documents and web pages. See this article by Whitson Gordon on lifehacker.com.
We’ve had some feedback asking for more detail on how to overcome reading on screen fatigue and put those headaches at bay. If you are desk-bound, take a look at my top tips.
However, most of the physical and health problems associated with on screen reading often come from expecting too much from yourself – we are not infallible and sometimes adjusting our own practice and working environments can make a huge difference. Take a look at the display screen use guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive, or if you are in a medium-large organisation (including colleges and universities), you will have an on-site health and safety officer who will help you assess your current working environment and suggest improvements.
The right device for reading
If you have to read a lot of long documents, then a desktop computer is not ideal. You are positioned in an odd way, reading off a vertical screen. You should look at other devices which are more suited to extended reading, for example tablets (Kindle Fire, Galaxy Tab, iPad) or e-ink readers (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader). Some research also suggests that using your desktop computer for different activities (e.g. reading and inputting) can increase your ‘cognitive load’ and it may be better to use one device for reading and another for reporting back/inputting so that you are not trying to multi-task too much on your computer screen.
Check our device guide for the pros and cons of different device types.
Although it is aimed at students it will be of interest to all whether new to the Mac iOS or an existing user. Even users of other platforms such as Googles Android will find useful ideas which they can apply to their own devises.
The Health and Safety Executive have on their web site a wide range of guidance. Here is a link to their document containing their guidance on the use of Visual Display Units (VDU’s), computer monitors and screens to the rest of us.