ha, no kidding. I was really sold on the whole eInk thing, but after reading lots of reviews, it seems that the backlight isn't really an issue (in terms of eye strain, or reading in sunlight).
Plus, I also realized that it's rare for me to be away from a computer (or at least an outlet) for more than 6-8 hours, so while having 1-2 months of battery life on a single charge is very appealing, I suppose it's not practical for my use.
If it weren't for the posts on this board praising the Nook Color, I never would have considered it. Thanks again!