SolarWriter 4+

Make an e-reader a typewriter‪!‬

Cool S, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.5 • 6 Ratings
    • Free



Use your e-reader as a portable typewriter!

iPhone or iPad + bluetooth keyboard + e-reader = type outside in sunlight!

Use your e-reader as a portable typewriter!

iPhone or iPad + bluetooth keyboard + e-reader = type outside in sunlight!

Traditional screens are fantastic everywhere but outside, especially on a sunny day. E-ink screens work well, but e-readers are difficult to type on and don't support external keyboards.

SolarWriter gives you the best of both worlds.

SolarWriter running on your iOS device acts as a hub between your keyboard and your e-reader. You type on the keyboard, and the text appears on both on the iOS device and on the e-reader's screen (via its web browser).

Take advantage of your Kindle's (or other e-reader's) e-ink screen to put your thoughts on paper even outside, with no need to transcribe later.

Write at parks, on beaches, in backyards... anywhere you wanted to but couldn't.

Save files on your device, or share through email, SMS, and more.

Detailed instructions for setup are included inside the app.

What’s New

Version 2.1

Fixes to work better with Kindle e-readers!

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

lchadde ,

Charmingly clever

I love little joyful apps like this. I was wondering the other day if I could use my Kindle as a display for writing in the sun, and surprised to learn it was near impossible. Then I rabbitholed on modern e-ink typewriters, but they’re all egregiously expensive for a non-professional.

Finding this app a ways down the Google results page was amazing. Dead simple to use, and covers the use case perfectly.

The only wonky part is having to leave my phone screen on, ideally shaded in a bag, but not a huge deal.

My request for the developer: dark mode with true black, so I can dramatically reduce the energy consumption of the OLED display while it’s on. In the meantime, I use Classic Invert in the Accessibility settings (Smart Invert doesn’t work for some reason) to achieve this.

Thank you for making this!

BAK1 ,

Exactly what I was looking for

I wanted a way to write without distraction but didn’t want to pay for expensive devices like freewrite. This is exactly what I was looking for and very easy to set up. I already had a Kobo e-reader (it works with libre 2) and now I can do some distraction free writing even outdoors! Thanks for the app!

Rnrichards26 ,

Does the job!

It does exactly what it’s supposed to and I appreciate the expanded functionality of my kindle with it. I would love to see a dark mode added or another way to conserve the battery of my iOS device while I’m typing.

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