Originally Posted by Dr. Drib
Would you ever buy another e-ink device that does not have this front-lit capability?
I would, I sent my Paperwhite back and went back to using my Touch. Of course I didn't buy the PW mainly for the light, but for the increased screen resolution. If I often found myself in situations where I'd have to use a booklight or something I'm sure my answer would be different, but I've had a Kandle light for approx four years and have needed it exactly one time.
I don't know if it's the lighting situations I find myself in or perhaps the ways I often hold a reader, but I found I'd often get an "under glass" effect when reading the PW (kind of like reading through the glass on a picture frame) which I don't get on any of my other eInk devices. If they could get rid of that effect then I'd have no problem buying a lit reader, but the light would be way down the list of factors I'd consider when looking at the devices features.