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Can I read in the Dark?

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Initial post: Nov 19, 2007 9:11:23 AM PST
Olive says:
How do I read in the dark after my partner has gone to bed?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2007 9:17:42 AM PST
Paula E. says:
If it's like the Sony reader, no. There is no backlighting. I was hoping it would be back-lit, but I suppose that would drain the battery too fast. You can buy a cute little clip-on reading light for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2007 11:02:03 AM PST
LeQuebs says:
Electronic paper is by definition opaque. It cannot be backlit. If you like to read in total darkness, i recommend a book light.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2007 8:01:47 PM PST
Olive says:
I have not found a book light yet that is worth a da&* and believe me I have tried. I have a drawer full of book lights that are useless to me. I understand your point about opaque, but there has got to be happy medium for those in love with backlighting. If I'm going to spend $400 for a kindle it should come with a solution to reading in the dark.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2007 8:31:53 PM PST
David F. says:
I agree that the ability to read the Kindle in the dark is an issue for me. Either a seamlessly integrated book light or perhaps since a backlit screen is not possible then a side lit screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2007 8:50:33 PM PST
snowleopard says:
If you like backlighting, then you shouldn't be buying a Kindle. Its lack of backlighting is the only "advantage" it offers over PDAs that offer vastly better functionality (even if you only use them for e-books), are more portable, and still cost less than a Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2007 8:52:05 PM PST
N. Tittle says:
Try the LightWedge, works great when someone else is sleeping in the room.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2007 1:48:02 AM PST
runciter says:
go to a different room. how do you read in the dark now?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2007 7:07:51 AM PST
Olive says:
Been there done that. Thanks for the suggestion. Maybe it works great for you, but I found it very anoying. To me the Light Wedge makes the page and words appear wavy. It gave me a really bad headache.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2007 7:15:09 AM PST
Olive says:
Right now I use the Franklin ebookman 911. The ebookman is too small and advancing the page is an issue. It needs to be the size of at least a paperback book and have a button of some sort to advance a page. It's not a matter of going to a different room. I really enjoy reading in the dark. After I am done reading, I can just turn off the device and go to sleep.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2007 7:18:42 AM PST
Olive says:
I like your idea of a side lit screen if it would work, or a seamlessly integrated book light. I like the way you think. Amazon should let you design the next generation of Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2007 8:40:50 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2007 8:43:53 AM PST
Michelle says:
Amazon sells a Mighty Bright accessory light for the Kindle. Try that, Mighty Bright makes good stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2007 9:25:55 AM PST
Ksnickersfl says:
The one thing I don't like about the new Kindle is its lack of ability to be read in the dark. I own an ebookwise e-book reader, which is backlit. It's awesome! It only cost $140 besides...way cheaper than the Kindle. It's only good for reading e-books, it doesn't have the same great features...but that's all I use it for. The only real drawback, and one reason I'm considering a Kindle despite its lack of backlight, is that you can only purchase books for the ebookwise from their website. Granted, they have a lot of books, and they add new ones every Monday, but sometimes it would be nice to be able to order e-books from anywhere! So, there are other options out there. The Kindle sounds great, the only thing holding me back from ordering right now is the price. Maybe Santa will be kind and deliver it for me!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2007 11:17:56 PM PST
Olive says:
That's why I didn't go with the ebookwise. I want an ebook reader that is just that. A device that reads books, is backlit, and you can purchase books from anywhere you want. Granted if the Kindle did all of that I would purchase 99% of my ebooks from Amazon. I want the freedom to have that choice though. Even without the backlighting, one of my draw backs for not buying the Kindle today is the keyboard. I don't need a keyboard. Put it in a touchscreen and give me more reading space.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2007 4:58:47 AM PST
Anonymouse says:
Interesting. I was looking at this product for my teenage son. One of the things I actually like is that it is not backlit. Staring into light for hours at a time just can't be good for your vision in the long run. But, what the heck do I know...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2007 11:41:27 AM PST
snowleopard says:
"Staring into light for hours at a time just can't be good for your vision in the long run."

How much light is being given off makes a difference, too. I set the eReader software on my Palm T/X to use a dark brown background and a sort of cream color for the text. It's attractive, good contrast, and the dark background means it doesn't need to give off very much light. It's very easy on the eyes. My eyes will usually get tired after a few hours of reading off of paper, but so long as there's at least some minimal lighting in the room I've never had a problem with eyestrain reading from the Palm.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2007 7:12:30 PM PST
Olive says:
I agree. I can actually read longer at night with backlighting because of the minimal of eye stain. Bedside light and regular paper will bother my eyes after a while. I have never had one problem with eyestrain since I purchased my first backlit ereader about 7 or 8 years ago. I read everynight in bed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2007 8:55:47 AM PST
W. Duncan says:
What's interesting is the $100 laptop initiative (currently selling for $197 in bulk, I think) designed a computer screen that can either be backlit, or like e-ink, viewed in sunlight. Hopefully the retail market will eventually catch up.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2007 10:29:55 AM PST
I ordered the Mighty Bright light along with my Kindle since I did not own one previously and it's a nice little unit. The two things I like most about it are the dual intensity settings (one light or two) and the fact that it uses LEDs, not bulbs so it should last for years. I've found that clipping it to the front of the Kindle cover and then wrapping it around behind the device itself works nicely and my wife is very happy that I can read at night without bothering her.

I've long been intrigued by the Light Wedge but have not had a chance to use one. I'd be interested in hearing how it works with Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2007 12:41:56 PM PST
Olive says:
I hope the retail market will catch up. Now that would be an ebook reader I would buy in a heart beat - one that was backlit, or like e-ink.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2007 12:53:19 PM PST
Olive says:
Thanks for the info on the Mighty Bright that is good to know.

The problem with the Light Wedge is that you have to use it on a flat service otherwise the words on one side of the page (close to the binding) become wavy under the Light Wedge surface. It gives me a headache trying to read like that. I would think it would be difficult with the Kindle to have to hold the Light Wedge in place and advance the page with the bar that may be covered up by the Light Wedge reading surface. I'd be interested to know if anybody has tried it though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2007 3:03:10 PM PST
Fasttyper says:
I read through all of the other posts. I want to be able to read in bed, in the car, or any place that isn't well lit. Since this doesn't do it, I would not purchase it at this time. I don't want to have to worry about carrying along now a detachable light.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2007 9:40:55 AM PST
Brent Butler says:
Backlit displays, even LCD, cause eye strain. It is decidedly advantageous that the electronic paper is not back lit. Your eyes will thank you in the long run.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2007 10:19:56 AM PST
Kindling says:
Well, if you want to compare...

If you goto ebookwise's website, you'll see it's on sale for just $99! That's 1/4 the cost of a Kindle ;)

However, if you want to expand it (and you will), a 128 *MB* card costs $70! that's beyond a rip off, but then, that's because they are using antique smart media cards and they're just too dear to think about. Now we're up to $170 total but still 1/2 of the built in storage of the Kindle. Oops. You'll have to spend another $70 to equal it.

The Kindle can use SDHC memory cards I believe. A 4 *GB* card costs $30 give or take on sale. It's like a thimble compared to hottub. 128 MB vs 4096 MB.

Resolution and pixels per inch. Well, again, it's the difference between looking at your laptop, and paper. Paper wins in terms of resolution and smoothness. It's uncanny! Actually, unless the ebookwise is using TFT, and I'm pretty sure it's just a black and white half VGA resolution touchscreen, well, it'll be worse.

Content: hee hee hee. Taking a look at the ebookwise site, I'm regaled with what they call 'Bodice Busters' - romance novels. I'm sure there's more but I couldn't stop laughing. Kindle? Well, we know that score.

Bottom Line: The ebookwise is an older device rebranded and no longer made as far as I know. Market and support is limited. I expect they'll run out and/or die a lot sooner than Kindle will.

The backlight issue is probably less than you think, overall
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