I was wondering if the screen on the Kindle is backlit and if it could be read in the dark like when traveling in a car at night or in bed in the dark while your spouse is sleeping or watching TV. (I remember the first gameboy computer games that had to have one of those annoying snakelight attached as it was not backlit that ate up battery life quickly.)
"J. J. says: Wonder if it is in the plans???Like I said before, attaching a light stinks! "
Not in the plans. eInk is opaque and cannot be backlit. Actually, that is one of the benefits of the device. By using eInk instead of a conventional LCD screen, the device is easier on the eyes and can be read in the bright sunlight. No different from a "real" book (as Octochick implies above) - and that is the intent.
Currently I use an Itty Bitty Book Light for my paper books and was considering buying a Kindle, but will not due to the fact that you don't at least have the option to switch on a back light when reading in a dark room. I understand the benefit of not having the screen backlit in most situations, but nighttime is my favorite time to read and would love to own a device that allows me the option to read without having to attach a separate light. Great idea, but needs improving before I will make the purchase.
I use the mighty bright book light usually advertised on the Kindle page and have no problem. The book light is no problem with the Kindle - you attach it to the case, no rearragement necessary when you turn the page etc. A small price to pay for the ease of reading.
Yes, I completely agree! I'm sure that next year the option will be there, so I will hold out for that or buy another brand. We can't be the only ones who read mostly at night! (90% of my reading hours I log at night)
>>>>"J. J. says: I would like to have the option to switch on a backlight as well so I could have the option to read in the dark..Creators take note for the upgrade...jj "<<<<
>>>>"CMfromCO says: Yes, I completely agree! I'm sure that next year the option will be there, so I will hold out for that or buy another brand. We can't be the only ones who read mostly at night! (90% of my reading hours I log at night) "<<<<
I'm sorry, but you can hold out as long as you choose and it will do you no good. eInk CANNOT be back lit. Once again, as I said above, it is opaque - that means light cannot shine through it. No amount of consumer technology will allow light to shine through a rock, nor will it allow light to shine through an eInk screen.
And no brand of eReader that uses eInk (all the better models) will be back lit for the same reasons. Sony's new model uses side lighting, but that adds weight and battery usage. It also has a severe problem with glare.
I suggest that if back lighting is such a need, look for the models that use LCD screens. You'll lose out on availability & price of content (significantly so), but that is the price of getting what you want in a device.
If you're unwilling to compromise with an external lighting source, as you do now with a "real" book, then the Kindle, Sony, and other eInk display based eReaders are not going to make you happy - now or in the future.
I am passing on this device too b/c I want to read at night in bed too. I love reading before bed without disturbing my husband. Even if they can't truly light the screen, I think they should at least be able to add a little light on a flexible neck that you can bend it around and shine it on your screen. Even that would be helpful to me. I like something that would be built-in though I suppose I could get a clip-on version with an LED bulb.
Does anyone know where I can try the Kindle out in person before buying? I'm in Seattle.
BTW, if you cannot find someone in Seattle with a Kindle to show you, you can always try out the Kindle and if does not meet your needs, return it in 30 days. I agree that you should take a look. The eInk screen is something that must be actually seen to be fully appreciated.
Saintly Brees, Ok, I will have to take a look at the device somehow and give it a chance. I will probably be pretty amazed. I also want to check on the availability of books. At my library I can download e-books and I'm assuming that with Kindle I will have to spend $10 to read any book. And my local newspaper is not available yet with the Kindle and that will have weight in my decision. Can books be shared with Kindle? That's another thing I'm wondering. I will have to think about it some more...
With technology the way it is, I guess I just feel that anything can be done. (We landed on the moon about 40 years ago)
I too love to read in bed at night. I use the mighty brite light, clipping it near the spine of the cover. I can light just the screen from the side, keeping any glare to a minimum and allowing just me to see the light. My wife sleeping beside me on my left seleps comfortably without seeing any light at all, since it is hidden by the cover. I hold the Kindle as I would a regular book, and the cover hides the light from her side. No problem. And the mighty brite light has 2 brightness selections, so you can turn it to low if there is a problem. With it, you can read on palnse, trains, and automobiles!
I'm sure if you go to any Starbucks in Seattle, you'd find someone reading their Kindle.
CM, as Octo says, the FAQ has lots of answers. You can also visit us at www.kindleboards.com and find a ton of information...and ask questions, too. We have several members in the Seattle area. Who knows, maybe one of them lives near you?
B Pronovost, you're right - a flexible neck is important for a Kindle book light, and there are several book lights with flexible necks - the one I like is the Mighty Bright - works great. Look to the right on this screen & you'll probably see it advertised - search for it and you can find it in different colors. You can also find them at Target, bookstores, etc. There's even a Kindle cover now that's available from M-edge that's made to hold a special booklight (with a flexible neck) that you buy separately. Sony's newest e-book has a built-in light in the cover that lights from the side, but apparently that isn't working too well, it really cuts down on the readability of the screen. So the clip on light is still best for an e-ink screen.
"i agree. i would like to have the option of a back light. they could imbed the light at the top which would provde the same effect as other book lights."
Well, Sony's tried that with their new e-book and it's not working out so well. The issue is that not everyone reads at the same angle. It sounds like it would be easy - but you and I probably don't hold our books at the same angle - heck, I don't always hold my books at the same angle myself. So glare is the issue. Even with a non-glare screen.
Hi Octochick, Thank you for your advice - I will check out the FAQ's at some point today. I would use a lamp, too, but that keeps my husband up. I read for about an hour after he goes to sleep. If he's still up I use my bedside lamp which is wonderful because then I don't have to fumble around with a booklight. I am interested in finding a device that frees me up from having to use my booklight and lugging it (and the battery pack) with me when we go camping, to the cabin and other places. It seems that those that do use the booklight that works with the Kindle think it's no bother, so I will give it some thought. Thanks.
Hi Leslie, I'm from Colorado Springs. If our newspaper was an option for the Kindle I would probably be sold. I would love to get rid of those cluttery dirty papers from our house. The Kindle seems wonderful for cutting down on waste, I'm looking for a "greener" option as well. Thanks, CM