|12-22-2006, 11:12 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2006
Device: Handspring Visor Pro, Palm Treo 650
So there's no backlight at all?
I'd really, really like one of these new e-ink readers, but I do 99% of my reading in bed at night while falling asleep. I don't want to attach a book light. I want a real backlight. Like the ancient grayscale Palm I'm still using for reading. But it's my understanding that none of the e-ink readers have one. Is that right? Are there any plans for future models that do?
|12-22-2006, 11:43 PM||#2|
Join Date: Sep 2006
Device: PRS-500/505/700, Kindle, Cybook Gen3, Words Gear
Backlight is simply impossible with E-Ink as the display is opaque. Front- or side-light could be done, or a LightWedge-type attachment. However, there's no word on any of those so far.
|12-23-2006, 09:04 AM||#3|
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
I think this is the one...
and at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8804
|01-21-2007, 02:55 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Device: sony prs-500 and prs-505
No backlight is a feature
One might argue the effectiveness of the current solution. Personally, I'd like to see E-Ink Corporation figure out how to make a whiter white in low light (ie, increase the contrast). It is nice, but it isn't yet like paper in ambient lighting situations (granted ambient lighting is not optimal for reading anything).
Now, an integrated front light might be interesting, but if I must trade off lighting against battery life and weight, I choose the latter.
|01-22-2007, 02:40 PM||#5|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Device: Tapwave Zodiac, eBookwise 1150
It sounds like you are one of us who already reads for hours at a time with a backlight, and have not experienced the fatigue issues some of the others have had. If you want one of the eInk displays though, you are stuck for an integrated light -- unless you want to go the do-it-yourself route, in which case you should check out the accessories board in the Sony Reader section. Lots of neat Frankenstein-esque ideas there.
I am lucky in that I use a backlight and have no trouble even with long sessions... Just read my way through a four hour flight yesterday and read some more when I got to my hotel room. The battery life is an issue, but if I keep the backlight relatively low, it seems to solve both issues. My eBookwise is very usable with the backlight set at about 30%, and it runs for 19+ hours. Of course, it just does not look as nice as the eInk displays do in good lighting. The versatility was a good trade off for my sitch, though.
|01-22-2007, 03:19 PM||#7|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Virginia, USA
Device: Sony PRS-500
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