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Initial post: Apr 17, 2012 4:04:22 AM PDT
Sunshine says:
Hi, I just got my new Kindle Touch and I love it. It's not fully charged at the moment and I just noticed that the screen page itself if a little dark for my liking. It's more color gray than white as with actual paper on some books. I know this device doesn't use back lighting so I don't know if it's possible to adjust the screen brightness. Help?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 4:11:40 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Only with an external light.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 4:15:50 AM PDT
Sunshine says:
I see. But is that normal...for the screen to be gray and not white? Just making sure I don't have a defective unit. Thanks for your response!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 4:24:37 AM PDT
Sue says:
Sunshine,

Ereaders have a gray background to make it easier to read, even in sunlight. Your Kindle is just fine. The Kindle Fire is the only Kindle that has a lighted screen similar to a computer. That makes it impossible to read in the sunlight, I tried and it does not work.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 4:28:40 AM PDT
Sunshine says:
Thanks for both your comments!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 4:34:10 AM PDT
Your screen should look almost exactly like the Kindle Touch images here on Amazon.com. If they don't, then you may have a defective unit.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 11:06:12 PM PDT
smokinjj says:
I have the same problem. The background screen is a very dark gray and the words are not dark enuf for easy reading. I got my Kindle Touch on Friday and it is now packaged up waiting for my UPS man to pick it up tomorrow. Amazon Customer Service advised the Kindle Touch has no backlight. Also the touch screen was very slow.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 1:14:34 PM PDT
There seems to be a lot of variation in the darkness of the Pearl eInk screen - I can see a significant difference between the darkness of my Kindle, my Kindle Touch, and my wife's K3. I know that Amazon has replaced some screens that were on the darker side.

No eInk screen has a backlight because it is physically impossible. The eInk technology uses opaque ink, so light cannot shine through it.

Slowness can sometimes be fixed by rebooting, but if that does not solve it then replacement is appropriate.

Are you getting a replacement Touch, or just returning it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 3:00:53 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
"The eInk technology uses opaque ink, so light cannot shine through it. "

When we explain this, it might help to point out that the "white" parts of the page are also opaque e-ink; every pixel on the screen is drawn with tiny opaque particles in some combination of black and white, and all of the particles are opaque.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 3:07:33 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I have 3 Kindles, a Kindle Keyboard, a Kindle 4 and a Kindle Touch. They're all about the same grey background but they're not exactly the same. I've also helped 2 other people get Kindles and their background is a bit different from mine. I'd like it to be whiter but it's okay.

If you go outside or in a bright light you might be surprised at just how contrasty it does get. I suggest trying it out for a few days before giving up on it.

Barry

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 6:20:32 PM PDT
Good point, that probably isn't clear.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 9:42:56 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
"That probably isn't clear." Funny!

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 10:19:24 PM PDT
Nanci Koliba says:
I'v had an original kindle for several years but never got around to using it until yesterday. Do I understand correctly that my kindle does not have a backlight? I assume this means I cannot read it in a dark room or in a car at night. Is this correct? Thanks for the information.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 10:27:22 PM PDT
Dawn says:
that is correct Nanci

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 9:53:37 AM PDT
I'd downvote my own reply if I could. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 9:55:49 AM PDT
You've had your Kindle for almost 5 years but are only just now using it? I'm surprised you can turn it on!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 10:40:21 PM PDT
smokinjj says:
I am replacing it with the Kindle Keyboard. I found the Kindle Touch very slow and I hated the keyboard. I rebooted the Touch several times but it was no help. I'm hoping the K Keyboard will be better.
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Posted on Jun 7, 2012 8:02:23 AM PDT
Sunshine says:
Thanks for all your comments. I'm on my 5th ebook since I bought my Kindle Touch last April 17. I've adjusted to the grey background so it's a non-issue for me now. The touch is a bit slow but it's not a major inconvenience or annoyance. I do find sometimes that it doesn't respond accurately when I tap it on the left side to turn to the previous page and sometimes I jump chapters or pages. I must be doing something that's triggering it because I don't think the touch capability is overly sensitive. Anyway, I also bought the leather cover with the built in LED light which is wonderful for reading in the dark.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 8:20:52 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Be sure you are just tapping and not swiping vertically, that will cause you to skip to a new chapter.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 12:16:04 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 5:16:18 PM PDT
smokinjj says:
maybe I should just pick up a book

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 5:17:06 PM PDT
Books don't have brightness adjustments either.

If you cannot read on your Kindle using the same amount of lighting you do with a paper book, you may have a defective device.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 1:16:54 AM PDT
smokinjj says:
Just ordered a Kindle Keyboard.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 8:42:43 AM PDT
Dipydoo says:
Holding the kindle at an angle, rather than parallel to the eyes helps make the background 'feel' whiter...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 9:34:46 PM PDT
smokinjj says:
I received my Kindle Keyboard lsat week and happy to say I love it. The Kindle Touch must have been defective but I do like the Kindle Keyboard better.
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