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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012, 4:13:30 PM PST
Does the screen itself produce light? I am curious to know if I need to buy a cover with a light or just a regular cover. This will be my first e-reader, so I do not know what I will, or will not need. This is intended to be my Christmas gift

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:14:17 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
Which Kindle are you talking about?

The Fires are back-lit.
The Paperwhite is front-lit.
The Basic Kindle and Kindle Keyboard have no lighting.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:16:28 PM PST
keyboard, I had thought I said that, maybe not though. that kind of sucks though.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 4:19:04 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:19:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012, 4:20:48 PM PST
The Blade says:
>>>>"that kind of sucks though"<<<<

Not really. You can't back light an eink Kindle (the screen is opaque) and front light technology is brand new. The keyboard has been out longer than the front light technology.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:21:33 PM PST
If you want an e-ink Kindle with a built in light, consider the Paperwhite. It's a terrific device. I've had many Kindles, and it is easily my favorite one for reading.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 4:25:59 PM PST
my vocational counselor has already pretty much sold me on the idea of this one. Do they all have the ability to read back to you when say u r driving?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:27:03 PM PST
Sarida says:
I love my KK. I bought a 1.97 light at Wally World. All is well!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:27:59 PM PST
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The Blade says:
I agree with Meya (of course). I have both a KK and a PW. Originally, I bought the PW as an auxiliary device to use at night, or when dark. My poor, poor KK is now virtually unused. The PW is one heckuva device. The best Kindle to date, IMHO.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:27:59 PM PST
No, the Paperwhite doesn't. It doesn't have speakers at all. If you want TTS, you need either the Kindle Keyboard, or the new Fire, which is a backlit LCD tablet device.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:28:13 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
The paperwhite and the $69 ones do NOT have audio.
The Kindle Keyboard does have a robotic voice that reads to you. Have you seen one in person and listened to it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:30:26 PM PST
I forget the particular options I wanted, but it looked like they were only available in the keyboard. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:31:29 PM PST
that I have not done. where can I go that sells them?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:32:55 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
Best Buy and Staples but you may not be able to fully test it out. Sometimes they have Demo only models.

Does your counselor have one or knows someone else who has one?

The great thing about ordering from Amazon is if you get it and don't like it, you have 30 days in which you can return it for a refund (I think you do have to pay to ship it back to them).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:35:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012, 4:53:40 PM PST
she does have one, but I only get to see her once a week . And that's if she doesn't take a vacation.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 4:35:57 PM PST
Arlene, I started reading in the dark about 60 years ago. At first, I was hiding under the blanket with a Ray-O-Vac flashlight. As I got older I would turn on a lamp or an overhead light. Now that I'm old, I'm back to a portable light but it's a Petzl LED headlamp. I have two actually. A 3-LED for home and a 2-LED for restaurants and other places out of my home. They're also great for walking on dark streets or for when the lights go out.

I got a number of clip on lights and so forth and none worked for me.

Enjoy your Kindle. I think they're great.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 4:39:51 PM PST
thank you for the input Patrick!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 4:47:16 PM PST
Beth says:
I use the kindle keyboard to listen to audiobooks in the car and it is great. The text to speech on the other hand is very robotic and not at all easy for me to follow along with. Like the others here, once I got the Paperwhite I only read on that kindle.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 4:55:52 PM PST
so, does the Kindle Fire do just about everything that the KK does? or do the others have some other major points not covered?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 5:00:03 PM PST
Beth says:
The Fire is for more than just reading being designed for games and video. Many people find it difficult to read on because of the backlit shiny screen (same as an Ipad or computer screen).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 5:01:35 PM PST
but I mean the cheapest one of that series

Posted on Nov 15, 2012, 5:05:28 PM PST
o, I see what you mean, I think. I have not tried to read ne thing more than emails on my ipad, but I didn't seeem to be having ne troubles

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 5:12:45 PM PST
The Fire models are very different from the e-ink models. They are heavier, have a much shorter battery life, 8 hours or depending on use. They aren't good for reading in the sunshine. Much of what they are designed to do requires an active WiFi connection. If reading is your goal, the e-ink models are much better IMO.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 5:17:17 PM PST
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ok, so that possible choice is taken off my radar... I want to support the e-ink as I have a company in town which manufactures it.
Not that it matters, it was a lil much price wise

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012, 5:33:23 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I have the last several Kindles as well as the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. For listening to audio the Kindle Keyboard is fine. For reading it's excellent as long as you have good light. I haven't used their lighted cover so I can't really comment on that.

The Kindle Fire and the Fire HD does both. If you go that route, though, I'd get the HD. It's a few dollars more and a much nicer device in many ways. Including much better speakers, which might matter a lot in the car.

However, because you've read emails with LCD don't assume you can read a book with it. Many people can but many can't. I can look at a computer screen all day. In fact I usually do and have for decades. But 15 minutes of constantly staring into that backlit screen to read and my eyes start watering and in a few minutes I have to stop. It doesn't bother everybody that way but it does bother a lot f people.

I carry a small tablet like device with a 4.2" LCD screen in my pocket for those times that I have 10 minutes to kill. I do a lot of reading on it, 5 or 10 minutes at a time. No problem but that's about my limit.

There's one other possiblity you might want to consider. If you get a Kindle Paperwhite for reading you can read easily in any kind of light. You can get a cover for it if you want to protect it but you don't really need one. I can read for hours on mine in normal light or in rather poor light. I'm even able to read in the dark with it although I don't really like doing that. There's no backlight shining in my eyes, just a faint front light that I can adjust to the current lighting situation to keep the screen very white.

You can also get an MP3 player, maybe something like a Sansa Clip, which is a fine MP3 player that costs very little, and a small portable speaker to go with it if you don't want to use earphones.

Or if you want to spend more money, a player with a speaker built in like the Samsung Player 4.2. This is a pretty nice device that'll do a lot more than just play MP3 files.

Also, your phone might play MP3 files. Many do.

If you get the best e-reader and a very good MP3 player it'll cost about the same as the Kindle Fire and it'll be better for reading and better for playing audio files.

Barry
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