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Initial post: Mar 26, 2013 2:35:38 PM PDT
C. Brown says:
My 3rd Gen kindle is E-Ink & I love it. No glare when outside & doesn't give me a head ache like looking at my computer for extended periods of time does. So my question is, is the paperwhite as good as the E-Ink?

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 2:38:16 PM PDT
Fud53 says:
It is e-ink...it just has diffused light so it can be read while in the dark without hurting the eyes. Since most people never read a paper book without a light it's rather a non-issue for the sane among us.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2013 2:38:30 PM PDT
Steve S. says:
Dear C. Brown,

The Paperwhite is a device that uses e-ink. There is no one versus the other.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2013 2:39:39 PM PDT
Loz says:
The paperwhite is e-ink with an external light source built it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2013 2:42:14 PM PDT
"it's rather a non-issue for the sane among us."

Don't flatter yourself.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 2:45:12 PM PDT
C. Brown says:
lol, ok, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2013 5:46:48 AM PDT
Erich "Change my Genes" Rose says:
"it's rather a non-issue for the sane among us."

"Don't flatter yourself."

Actually, Erich, Fud is correct. I always cringe when some psychotic person wants to know how to read a Kindle in the dark. The same way you read a paper book. You turn a light on, unless, of course, you're insane and can't accept that answer.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2013 5:55:42 AM PDT
I know what you meant, but read this line again. It's existentially impossible to have an "external" light "built-in". They are mutually exclusive. :0)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2013 6:26:18 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
The light guide layer is external to the e-ink layer. Not by much, but this is the Internet.

Philosophically, however, I tend to agree with the point. The PW light acts like reflective light, coming from the reader's side of the e-ink screen, diffusing and reflecting off the e-ink screen -- rather than like backlighting, radiating directly fro the source towards the reader's eyes.

That's the important distinction.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2013 7:02:28 AM PDT
Mmmmn...okay, but it's not external *TO* the device. It goes where the device goes, and cannot be separated from it, like a clip-light or a cover (or a table lamp). It cannot be controlled separately; it's internal.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2013 8:00:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2013 8:00:27 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
If you're discussing the device, it's internal. If you're discussing the e-ink screen, it's external (although I certainly agree that's not the best word for it).

It's definitely not internal the way the screen lighting on, say, a Fire is internal, which is the esence of the distinction I think the OP was trying to make.

And how many angels can hang themselves from a split hair? :)
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