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View Poll Results: How important is backlighting to you in an electronic reader?
I won't buy one without it. 8 11.59%
I want it, but it's not absolutely vital. 15 21.74%
If the display, battery life and weight are good enough, I won't miss a backlight much. 22 31.88%
Backlights? We don't need no stinkin' Backlights! 24 34.78%
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Old 09-19-2006, 02:35 PM   #1
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How imporant is a backlight to you?

Hey, all,

We were discussing this over here and I so here's the poll!
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:22 PM   #2
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I've never needed backlighting with paper before. Last time I tried putting a light behind a page it was a bloody mess, with all that backwards text shining through.

I guess putting a light behind my Sony won't help either.
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Good point... it's really front lighting we're talking about for e-ink devices, even if the light originates from the side!

But the poll basically still works. We just need to keep in mind that the point is whether or not a light source integrated into the device is important, so that ambiant light is not needed.
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Yeah, Bob, it is more of a built-in-I-don't-have-to-use-a-clip-on-or-a-lamp-to-read-in-the-dark type of thing we're getting at.

It sprang out of a discussion with da_Jane about how important that sort of feature was to prospective e-reader buyers.

It looks like we're deterimining that MobileReaders aren't that concerned 80% to 20% at the moment.

It'll be interesting to see what sort of results she gets from her site too.

All of this is completely unscientific, of course, but it's interesting!
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:47 PM   #5
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There's nothing like reading in bed with my GF asleep and not needing to turn on the room light.
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Sigh. Pride of Lions and I appear to be solidly in the minority! It will be interesting to see what the results of the poll are over at DA.
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Don't feel too bad, Jane -- all this shows is that the folks who frequent MobileRead are less interested in a backlight. And hey, it's not that many of us so far, anyway.

It will be interesting to see what you get on your site, too.
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I'm with you guys also... I really like to read at night without a light at night. But for a nice e-ink display, I don't mind turning on a light. Maybe it's not so much that people don't want a light, as the fact that e-ink is so nice it makes the desire for a light a very minor issue for most.
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Is'nt a night light a tool to prevent bothering your partner with your reading?
Page turning bothers us much more, so we quit reading at the same time. Happily e-readers won't be bothersome unless the buttons click. If there is no noise maybe I'll read longer with lights out...
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Actually, I am alone in my bed <no rude or pity comments, please!>, so there's no issues of disturbing someone else. And yet it's still nice to read a backlit screen on my Treo. I enjoy the way the screen looks, and I like the brightness. But I also know that most people seem to hate the very brightness that I like so much, because people have said that it is an eyestrain for them.

But as much as I like reading with the backlight, the nicer display of an e-ink device pretty much trumps any considerations like back, side, or front lights.
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I actually find the backlight in the reb1200's a little harsh at night with no other lighting. (However, during a power failure my wife did use it as a flashlight until I could get my hands on real ones).

The backlight was my biggest complaint about the ebookman units - it was not consistant across the screen.

I have several clip on LED lamps, as well as a pretty nifty slate of clear plastic that covers a hardcover and is side-lit.
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I have ... a pretty nifty slate of clear plastic that covers a hardcover and is side-lit.
Is it one of the LightWedge things, exvaxman? Or something else?
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Surely there are more that 23 of us with an opinion on this?

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