Google Play Books adds Night Light option to help your reading habits

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

All Reading Apps Should Feature Play Books’ New Light Filter.

Reading in bed is basically a national pastime. Most bookworms would agree that at the end of a long day, when you’re knackered after work or school, one of the best things to do is to lie on your bed and curl up with a good book, whether it’s a physical one or an ebook.

According to an official blog post, reading activity increases between 8:00pm and 10:00pm local time, but the bright blue light coming from user’s phones hurts their eyes when they’re in the dark and prevents them from having a restful sleep afterwards. But staring at the bright screen of an e-book before sleep can be damaging to the eyes, while the blue light from smartphones and tablets may suppress our bodies’ production of melatonin, causing major sleep problems. So it’s good news that Google has added a light filter to its Play Books app, which gradually tapers the amount of blue light used by your display as you inch closer to bedtime.

This is why the Night Light mode comes in handy, as it automatically adapts to the natural light and the color adjustment makes it easier and more pleasant to read. Many people have experienced the disappointment of trying to read other chapters from their e-favorite books and having to put the gadget down because its inappropriate lighting affects their vision, since it is too dark or too bright. Now, these concerns have ended because Google launched this week a new upgrade to its Books app in Google Play that aims to make reading e-books a lot better for the eyes.

Thanks to the night lighting option, there is no need to adjust the distance or re-calibrate the device’s display brightness because the Books upgrade 3.7 will instantly do the necessary modifications for the user. Rolling out now to Android and iOS, Night Light can be activated on your phone or tablet via a pop-up notification the next time you open a digital book. But what is nice is how it ensures that the app displays text with increasingly red-green light, providing warmer pink-orange hues, as the evening wears on. Google Play’s officials have published the news on the company’s formal blog earlier this week and affirmed that its enhancement is being released for the clients of both iOS and Android operating systems. Amazon took a similar step earlier this month, updating Fire Tablets with Blue Shade, which “uses specialized filters to limit exposure to blue light.” The free feature—available on Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8, and Fire tablets (video below)—can be turned on or off with a single tap, and lets users drop the display brightness to an “ultra-low level.” For more, see How to Put Free Ebooks on Your Amazon Kindle.

Night Light is instantly adjusted to the level of natural external lighting depending on the hours of the day, providing the user the ideal lighting and brightness, as the company’s representatives had written. Since tests have proven that bright lighting, especially blue lighting, has a negative impact on the melatonin production, the chemical element responsible for telling the body when is the perfect time to sleep, Google decided to bring important changes for its e-readers allow people to enjoy their reading sessions and still have a good night sleep. The search engine says that the function is currently offered in more online stores, but if people do not have the newest Play Books upgrade available to them, they can download it automatically.

One other recent function mentioned in this development of the application is the choice to obtain notification each time when a writer of a magazine in the book collection posts new material on Google Play Store. Breus, known as “sleep doctor”, affirms that blue light filtering can help people to use their devices from 30 to 60 minutes longer than without it.

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