Originally Posted by igorsk
The Kindle's "off" switch does not actually turn the device off but just blanks the screen(same as Sony Reader). If you want to really power off the device, use the reset hole.
I think you're completely mistaken. When you turn off the switch on the back, it dismounts from a PC if you have it connected, and when you turn it back on, it goes through the same boot process as if you had reset it using the button. If it was merely asleep with the screen blank, as you state, it should simply take 2-3 seconds to redisplay the page you were on instead of going through the entire startup process.