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4.0 out of 5 stars Where's My Light???????, November 30, 2007
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I love my Kindle and I really feel like I am reading a real book. In fact, I catch myself trying to turn the page! The disappointment I have is the fact there is no backlight. I read the whole online tutorial (something I have never done for my cell phone, IPod, etc.)and I could not for the life of me find how to turn on the light while I was in bed at night reading my Kindle. I finally called Kindle Techie Assistance and asked where the light was located. He informed me that the Kindle does not have one! He said it was tested and it drained the battery too much. I said it would have been perfect to offer it as an option. Meaning, if I am at home in bed and plugged in with the AC adapter I am not concerned about draining the battery and I could use this book without disturbing the guy that sleeps with me. On a plane, I am not so concerned disturbing the guy next to me and I could turn on the overhead light and conserve my Kindle battery. I think this was a huge mistake not putting in this light as a lot of people will be reading Kindle before they go to sleep at night. The techie told me to buy an LED light and clip on the book...I hate those things!

As for another wonderful feature is the "Look" when you are reading a book and you come across a word you do not know how to pronounce or know the meaning of. I cannot tell you how many times in my life I have not understood a word in a book and was too lazy to look it up before continuing to read the chapter. Now I can push a button and in a second I have the explanations of key words in the sentence I am at and if the explanations are not enough you can zero in on the exact word and get an even better explanation of the very word. It is incredible. Also, you can highlight a section or bookmark several pages for future reference. It is incredible...I used the "Look" twice last night while reading Pillars of the Earth.

I also love the easy access in ordering a book. It is seconds and you have a sample to review by reading the first chapter and you can easily click "Buy" if you choose to continue reading. It is heaven.

Yes, I love my Kindle and will take it everywhere with me.

Just my two cents.

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Initial post: Nov 30, 2007 1:16:00 PM PST
PHL1111 says:
I hate those clip on lights too - but I ordered a Kindle (hopefully will be here Tuesday) and the light in the Kindle store they are promoting for use with it because I think it will be different this time. Why do I say this? Because the problem I have with these lights is they fall off easily from the print book and you have to either reclip them often as you turn pages and/or turn the page just right so it doesn't get caught in the light. All of these concerns should be eliminated with Kindle because it should be sturdy enough to clip a light onto so it doesn't fall off and since there aren't real pages to turn and the left and right hand side heights don't change as you pile up pages while progressing through the Kindle book like it does in a print book you'll never have to clip the lamp on and off during reading nor worry about hitting the lamp when you turn a page.

Enjoy - thanks for the review, and the description of the "Look" feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2007 9:42:51 PM PST
April Shark says:
I could not find the light they are promoting for the Kindle. Could you give me the exact name of the light. Thank you so much in advance.


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2007 8:24:24 AM PST
L. MB says:
I had a reader with a backlight built in, and it SUCKED the battery life. I think they made a good choice leaving it non-back lite (I suspect I have slaughtered this sentence!), I think they had to choose between a battery that is changable and affordable, so no backlight, or a backlight and a device that has a battery that it costs as much to change as the orginial device costs to buy, as is the case with my backlite reader. I've ordered a Kindle, but it hasn't arrived yet.
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