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Old 12-03-2007, 12:01 PM   #1
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Which Reader supports reading in the dark?

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I am looking for an e-book reader with display size similar to that of the Kindle, but I'd like a reader which could be used in dark (like in the bed during the night, etc.) Which devices support this feature? Thank you.
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:11 PM   #2
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As far as I understand, the e-ink devices can't have backlight. So you can add an external source of light, or go for lcd devices, like the ebookwise : http://www.ebookwise.com/ebookwise/ebookwise1150.htm
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:29 PM   #3
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For LCD devices, I like the Nokia 770 or the newer N800 and N810 Internet tablets, see Nokia N800 Internet Tablet as an e-book reader?. However, their primary e-book reader is FBReader and it does not read DRMed (encrypted or "secure") e-books. You can read secure MobiPocket e-books using a Palm emulator, but only in 320x480 of the 800x480 screen.

The other option is E-Ink with a reading light, see But what about the Kindle's Reading Light?.
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:47 PM   #4
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Far and away you best bet (IMHO) is an eInk device with a clip-on reading light. eInk is just outstanding in daylight; it seems a pity to restrict yourself to an LCD device with all its associated issues (short battery life and eye strain) merely because it's self-illuminating. Book lights can be very good indeed - just as good as backlighting.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:42 PM   #5
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Thank you all for the answers! Please, what exactly is the "clip-on reading light"? I am very new to this.
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:20 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the answers! Please, what exactly is the "clip-on reading light"? I am very new to this.
It is basically the same thing you would use with a paper book to do the same job.

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