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Do any ebook readers have a backlit screen?

by fiveomys / January 27, 2010 2:15 AM PST

My wife does a lot of reading at night and we have purchased just about every book reading light ever made. I would like to get her an ebook reader that has a backlit screen. Does it exist?

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There are probably a couple out there, but off brands...
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / January 27, 2010 6:55 AM PST

I think the major reason why ebooks manufactures don't incorporate backlit screen is because of how much backlit screen decreases battery life... Plus if this device is to mimic a traditional book, books don't have lights built in ;-).

The solution is buying a reading light as you've always have for traditional books and use it with your e-book reader. Here are some examples from the Sony readers:


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by fiveomys / January 27, 2010 7:39 AM PST

Thanks for the reply. With Apple's iPad announcement today, I think I found my winner!

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Backlit screen in a darkened room...
by make_or_break / January 30, 2010 11:44 PM PST
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...just the thought of it makes my eyes water.

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by jlsn5576 / January 30, 2010 12:22 PM PST

the reason there is no backlight is because the screen on the e-readers is made to mimic paper for ease on eyes, thus, a backlight would actually cause eye-strain! you would have to purchase or use those book lights for the e-readers.

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reader with backlight
by Kos-mos7 / March 15, 2010 5:02 AM PDT
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The eBookwise has a backlight & battery life is great.

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Re: Do any ebook readers have a backlit screen?
by tazangel52 / March 4, 2011 5:13 AM PST

I have a Cruz ereader and it not only has a backlit screen but it has night/day mode. I can lay in bed and read at night and it does not bother my husband because I dont have to have a light on in the room. Also you can turn down the brightness of the screen so its not so hard on your eyes. Works great.

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