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No back light? Wi-Fi?

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Initial post: Oct 29, 2013 3:29:42 PM PDT
It says this has no back light- what exactly does this mean? Also, is this Wi-Fi also?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 3:30:07 PM PDT
Loz says:
You need to specify what "this" is.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 3:30:59 PM PDT
There are several different Kindles offered. Which one are you looking at?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 3:35:40 PM PDT
If you're talking about the Paperwhite, yes it has WiFi. Depending on which model you are looking at, it may also have 3G. It is not backlit. Instead it is lit from the front.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 4:01:19 PM PDT
Sorry, I'm looking for the largest screen. Would prefer pages to have color in any pictures, but not a necessity. I do not want to get online with it. Just need it to read books while traveling in a car. I wish they made a 12 in screen size. I have an eye disease so I'm thinking about my future. It really needs to hold a lot of books. I read about one book per day. I admit I do not know much about electronics of any kind, so I'm lost here. I just want to be able to get a book on the reader while in a car.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 4:04:43 PM PDT
Miss Carol says:
No matter what the size of the screen is, the nice things about Kindle e-ink devices is that they have adjustable fonts for every book. Unlike trying to find large print books (since the publishers don't make every book into one), every book you read can have a larger print than most commercial large-print books. I would suggest the Paperwhite personally. It's not backlit (the light doesn't come out through the screen like it does on a computer), holds quite a few books and Amazon stores all the rest you buy in your account here on their servers.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 4:06:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2013 5:34:19 PM PDT
Lindy, the only colour screen Kindles are the Fires. They come with either a 7" or 8.9" LCD screen just like your computer.

The Kindle DX is an 9.7" e-ink Kindle (black and white screen only) with no screen lighting.

I do not know of any tablets or ereaders with a 12" screen - they would be very expensive.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 5:16:43 PM PDT
BJWright says:
My boss has really bad macular degeneration and she uses the Kindle Paperwhite. She has the text had the largest font and that works great for her.

Or if you really want a larger screen Amazon still sales the Kindle DX

Kindle DX, Free 3G, 9.7" E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 5:21:41 PM PDT
LOO LOO says:
A DX would be large enough that, even if you bumped the font, you'd still have a lot of words on each page. With the smaller screens, you can also bump up the font but you won't get too many words on their smaller screens.

Lots more pages to turn.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 5:57:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2013 5:58:48 PM PDT
Ok, but you still haven't said what "this" is, which makes it difficult to answer your question. But here are the basic categories of kindle:
1) E-ink
2) Tablet (the ones called Fire)

Tablets are much like a large mobile phone or a small computer. They have screens lighted in the same way as those (backlit), and the capacity to display colours and moving images. E-ink kindles (Paperwhite, DX, Basic, Keyboard) look more like a very fast-response etch-a-sketch, only with much MUCH sharper images :-) The Paperwhite has a touchscreen and is illuminated (very discreetly from around the sides of the screen). The Basic, the Keyboard and the DX are not illuminated and not touchscreen.

The models that say 3G or 4G will work using cellphone transmitters as well as wifi (though in the Fire range, there's an extra cost involved). E-ink models can manage to get books with just a USB connection if you don't have wifi readily available. None of them need to be connected while reading.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 6:59:17 PM PDT
A thank you to everyone. I am getting the 9.7in. $239.00.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 8:03:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2013 9:05:36 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
A DX? Seriously, we don't have the ability to fathom what model you are asking about. If it is the DX, it will likely meet your needs. It doesn't have any kind of lighting, like all eInk devices (and real books) it depends on the ambient lighting in the room in which you are sitting. It has no wi-fi, but does have 3G, so it should meet your need to be able to download just about anywhere, including in a car.

ETA: I truly wish you well, too. Sorry if this sounded harsh, I'm just not sure how to help you? If you can find out the model of the Kindle you just ordered, it really would help us to help you. Perhaps cutting and pasting from your order confirmation?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 8:58:51 PM PDT
LOO LOO says:
Hi Lindy: You and me both. I think the DX is my next device. I like the screen size and I like that I can read in sunlight on it like I do with my Kindle Keyboard - too bad they don't have the PaperWhite in this larger size. I have eye strain and I have a hard time with the Fires, though I will probably get one of those down the road. I just won't read on one. You'll like having a lot of the printed word on one screen and can even change the orientation to have 2 screens on it, since the screen's so large. They're fairly light, too.

Anyway, good luck to you!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2013 9:08:51 PM PDT
It's like someone saying "I'm thinking of buying a car. Does it have the features I want?" :-)
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