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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #1 on: April 06, 2012, 03:47:52 pm »
    It is the logical next step. Along with color and faster refresh rates.

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    Front Lit Kindle Soon?
    « Reply #2 on: April 06, 2012, 06:39:40 pm »
    I was kind of surprised not to see this mentioned already.  I saw it earlier today.  Thoughts?

    http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/amazon-experimenting-with-front-lit-display-for-next-kindle-2012046/
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    Re: Front Lit Kindle Soon?
    « Reply #3 on: April 07, 2012, 03:24:59 am »
    If/when they put out a front lit kindle, I'd be curious to play with it (in stores or with a friends) but I don't know that I'd buy it as I can just use a clip lit, lighted cover, or the lights in my home if I need it as the article suggested.

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    Re: Front Lit Kindle Soon?
    « Reply #4 on: April 07, 2012, 03:39:21 am »
    I read in bed sometimes, so that swing-out light in the top photo might be something I'd be interested in. Thanks for the link!
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    Re: Front Lit Kindle Soon?
    « Reply #5 on: April 07, 2012, 04:01:27 am »
    I read in bed sometimes, so that swing-out light in the top photo might be something I'd be interested in. Thanks for the link!

    That photo is of the current lighted case that's available now for the K4 and the KTouch. There's a similar lighted cover available for the K3 too. The possible new Kindle the article talks about is one which, a I understand it, is self lit by a layer on the front of the screen that glows.

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    Re: Front Lit Kindle Soon?
    « Reply #6 on: April 07, 2012, 04:50:42 am »
    I'm almost certain that there is another post about this, with a link to a different, longer, article...off to look.

    EDIT:  Found it; I didn't realize it was in the Writers' Café! Merging...thanks for understanding!

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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #7 on: April 07, 2012, 05:35:04 am »
    I think it's a cool idea.  One of the earlier Sony models had lights that you could turn on that lit the screen from the side.  But they weren't entirely successful in efficiently lighting the whole screen.  The one image in that article is ideal. . .but I'm also pretty sure it's a mock up and not an 'unretouched' photo of an actual kindle with a lit screen.

    As to the utility, yeah, you can carry a light with you. . .and the lighted covers are nice, though they tend to add weight. . . . .sometimes I don't want to carry anything BUT the kindle and it would be nice if there was a light available in case I was left in the dark. :)

    Of course, using the light will impact battery life. . .but the same is true if you use the lighted cover.  And even so, it's probably better than carrying a light that uses batteries -- which might die -- so you'd need to carry spares.  Pretty soon you're back to having to carry a bag when all you wanted to bring was the Kindle! :D
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #8 on: April 07, 2012, 05:46:33 am »
    Yes, I would be interested in at least seeing one of these....

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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #9 on: April 07, 2012, 06:38:18 am »
    I'm curious how a lighted Kindle would read compared to the current versions. The mock-up there kind of worries me, even if it's an feature that can be switched on and off, I don't want to pay extra for something that hinders the reading experience. For me, the current Touch is almost perfect. Honestly, I'd rather have a slightly larger screen, a whiter background, and crisper text rendering on a next-generation Touch instead. Oh, and changeable orientation would be nice too! Add those things in, and I'd gladly upgrade. For a light? Not so much...

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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #10 on: April 07, 2012, 06:52:21 am »
    This is very interesting and would be a tempting upgrade, if done well. The patents sound like an interesting idea, again, assuming they are able to implement it well. Amazon seems to do a pretty good job of waiting until the technology is up to par, so hopefully this idea will be a winner.
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #11 on: April 07, 2012, 10:20:41 am »
    Oh nice! I'd definitely want one!
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #12 on: April 07, 2012, 11:00:47 am »
    Interesting, but even if Amazon markets such a device, I doubt if the e-ink readers we have now will go away immediately. With their low price and long battery life, I think there will be a market for them for at least a couple of more years.

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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #13 on: April 08, 2012, 08:33:36 am »
    I've been looking forward to the idea of the Flex lighting for a while.
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #14 on: April 08, 2012, 02:43:19 pm »
    Interesting, but even if Amazon markets such a device, I doubt if the e-ink readers we have now will go away immediately. With their low price and long battery life, I think there will be a market for them for at least a couple of more years.

    JimC, this would be an layer of the screen over the e-ink. It would not be a replacement for the current screen technology, but another technology that would complement it.
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #15 on: April 08, 2012, 06:43:45 pm »
    That's pretty cool... I wonder how much it would affect the cost of the kindles.

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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #16 on: April 09, 2012, 09:47:06 am »
    My only concern with this is reducing the effectiveness of the e-ink.  I mean, what makes it work so well is that the screen is not back-lit and does not feel like a screen.
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #17 on: April 09, 2012, 10:04:16 am »
    I'd go for that. My only quibble with the Kindle. Reading in Bed's ok but the other half objects to the nightlamp... Hey, I could read under the sheets!  ;)
      
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #18 on: April 09, 2012, 11:11:24 am »
    I'd be interested in it potentially as I hate having to hassle with a book light.  Thus I end up usually just reading on my iPad instead of K3 if I'm not in good lighting conditions.

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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #19 on: April 09, 2012, 11:23:05 am »
    That's pretty cool... I wonder how much it would affect the cost of the kindles.

    It would cost something, of course, but you'd also have to take into account the current hefty cost of the Amazon lighted cover. If a person could buy a cheaper cover instead (or no cover) then they might be willing to shell out more money for the kindle itself. But, Amazon has done a good job pricing new models at (or even less than) the cost of the current models.

    For me, my decision on whether to buy a new lighted model would depend up whether, with the light off, the text quality and reading experience are not compromised in any way by the new components for the light.
     

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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #20 on: April 09, 2012, 03:27:13 pm »
    This might bring me back to the eInk fold. I'd be interested in this, as others said, if it doesn't affect the clarity of the eInk screen and if the light can be turned off when not in use (battery life is my concern, here).

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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #21 on: April 09, 2012, 05:04:19 pm »
    My only concern with this is reducing the effectiveness of the e-ink.  I mean, what makes it work so well is that the screen is not back-lit and does not feel like a screen.

    If they can get it right (Sony didn't - the lighting was too uneven and I believe there was an extra layer of glass that cut down on the clarity of the eInk image) it should be great.  No messing with a booklight, it isn't backlit, it should be somewhere between being like having one of those Wedgelights laying on a printed page and using a booklight. 
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #22 on: April 10, 2012, 12:59:51 am »
    I dont know if i would buy it, I dont think i ever find myself reading in low light situations anyway. It hurts my eyes too much.
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    « Reply #23 on: April 10, 2012, 06:48:25 am »
    A nice idea but I don't think I'd buy it. I've got plenty of light sources at home  ;D
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    Re: Front lit Kindle on the Horizon?
    « Reply #24 on: April 10, 2012, 08:03:06 am »
    have to admit I'm very interested in this
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