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#1 melissasob

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:03 PM

I am getting a Kindle Touch 3G and have been looking at the covers available and have seen ones with a light in them. Does anyone have one with a light and should i get one? I usually read in bed with the lamp on while DH watches TV so it is not like in need to light to read in the dark. I do not have the Kindle yet so i was thinking maybe the screen is not that bright? Any thoughts would be appreciated.


#2 ~A2~

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:09 PM

I would say yes.

I have one and I have to be honest and say I do not use the light a lot as like you I read with the lamp.  I have used my light while travelling.

The screen isn't as bright as other screens (not backlit) and so if you are planning to be reading in dark areas, out and about it would be handy for that.

I would buy one as you need a cover anyway IMHO and a light is a bonus that you might need/use occassionally otherwise hasn't cost you anything to have it anyway.


#3 Bendigedig

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

I have the cover with the light. It is awesome.  The kindle is not backlit, so if it is dark, you can't read it (just like a book).  Also the light is great for reading in bed, it only lights up the kindle, so doesn't disturb my dh!

#4 *molly*

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

Hi Mel, the kindle screen is not lit at all. It's designed to be as close to a real book as possible - so you can't read it in the dark without a lamp, because it doesn't glow at all, if that makes sense.
My MIL bought mine as a gift and she tried to talk me into getting a cover with a light - but I just didn't want one. I don't tend to read in the dark, and if I did, I'd just have a lamp on (like a normal book). I'm perfectly happy without it, but it's up to you.

ETA: I wanted a lighter weight cover for travelling as I found the leather ones with the light quite heavy. I got a great 'pocket' style cover for about $20.

Edited by mina_murray, 07 May 2012 - 10:11 PM.

#5 B-B-M

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:12 PM

I love my cover with light! If you read with a lamp thats fine, it'll be bright enough but the reason i love the light:

If DD's are being particularly unsettled and i need to sit in the room with one or the other, i can happily read the kindle without disturbing them while waiting for them to fall asleep

When i take my younger brother to training i can happily sit in the car reading my kindle no matter how late it is

Even if not with the light i'd still get a cover as It helps to protect the kindle from the (multiple!) drops it has so far had (thanks DD2! lol) and also makes it feel more "book" like

FWIW - i didn't get a cover with light until i'd had the kindle a week or two, so you could always wait until you get the kindle before deciding whether you want one or not original.gif

#6 Quack Quack

Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:13 PM

I use a cover with a light on my Kindle.  Fantastic handy item! I use it all the time, even while reading waititng for my son to finish footy practice.... out in the middle of the oval!
You definatly need a cover with a light wink.gif

#7 MickeyBoo

Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:37 AM

I bought a nice cover from Big W for $20 as I read in bed with a lamp on and didn't see the need for a light. It's been fine and I've never had occasion to need a light until now when I am going into hospital to have bub and don't want to keep my light on and annoy any other people in the room.  I bought a light separately from Big W for around $12 on sale I think, so still works out cheaper than buying the two together.

I could also see some benefit to it if I had restless nights and needed to read to go back to sleep but didn't want to turn the lamp on and disturb DH.

I found that I needed the cover though as the kindle feels better to hold with it on, feels more like a 'real' book.

#8 ninaswalk

Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:42 AM

No light here either.  I use a lamp or light just like I did before my kindle came along. original.gif

#9 Pearson

Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:05 AM

Ds has one, it is very fragile. When it dies once and for all, we will buy him a pocket neoprene cover and a light attachment. (kind of like little bitty book light, but for kindles). Either that, or another case with light fitted, but not for everyday use.
He does not use it all the time, mainly reads with a lamp.

#10 *LiMa*

Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:32 AM

I love my kindle light cover, I use it every night.  When mum gave it to me for my birthday I thought it was a bit gimicky, but that didn't last long original.gif

#11 FeralAlpacaWarrior

Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:47 AM

Love my cover with a light, great when DH wants to sleep, when I'm out and about, and when I'm staying away from home, don't have to rely on there being a bedside light.  Yes I could get a cheaper cover and use a separate light when needed, but the cover with the light is also convenient. The Kindle is always in the cover hence I always have a light for it. A separate light would just be something else I'd have to remember to pack. I love it.

#12 Neen

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:25 AM

I love my cover with the light!  So convenient, not just for reading in bed.  I've been out and about and used it in a few places where the light wasn't bright enough.

The good thing is that it charges from the kindle so no need for batteries.

#13 Lightning_bug

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:29 AM

I didn't want a 'cover' because I found them kind of clumsy.  So I got my kindle a Gelaskin cover to protect it (a sticker thingy) and a padded pocked cover for when it's in my bag.

I loved being able to personalise my Kindle and it's protected from scratches and impact (to a point) as if it were in a cover.  The padded pocket also means it's got sealed protection in my bag.

If you use a light and aren't going to be reading in baddly lit areas 'on the run' then you don't HAVE to have a cover with a light.

Edited by Lightning_bug, 08 May 2012 - 09:48 AM.

#14 tothebeach

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:33 AM

I used to love my cover with the light - however, about 6 months after using it, the connections got dodgy and I had to hold the cover in a particular position to get the light to work.

Then I found out that the cover wasn't much protection at all.  I opened my kindle out of my bag, in the cover, to find that the screen had frozen.  In effect, the screen had stopped work, probably due to a jolt or something knocking it through my bag and I had to throw the Kindle away.

That aside, the cover with a light was awesome when it worked.

#15 sophiasmum

Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:46 PM

Definitely need a cover, even if it's elcheapo from ebay. Mine came with an attachable (not built in) light which I've never used but might one day lol.

#16 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 08 May 2012 - 02:00 PM

I love my cover with the light. Sure, I can read with the lamp on, but it keeps DH awake. And the huge, huge advantage of the Kindle light is that if I fall asleep while reading, the Kindle goes to sleep... and the light turns off when the Kindle sleeps. No more waking up at 4am with the light still on!

Don't let a 2yo near it though. DD2 recently broke one of the connectors on my cover, it's designed so that the two connectors on the spine are the only thing holding it in place. Not the best design IMO, but I will nevertheless be buying a replacement because I do miss my built in light.

#17 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:15 PM

I don't have one.  I bought my Kindle on Amazon, and the cover with light was $60, so about 50% of the purchase price of my Kindle - way overpriced IMO.
I just use a lamp if I'm reading at night - the same as I would a book.

#18 ComradeBob

Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:25 PM

I've just been using a conventional book light with my kindle. I didn't want a cover with a light as I found them quite heavy, and half the reason I bought the kindle was because it's so light. I just have mine in a padded cover I got off etsy and it's fine.

#19 DJB 3500

Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:37 PM

Firstly, a cover is essential.  I have broken two Kindle 3G's.  Not dropped, not twisted, not hit.  Just came out of the bag (IN a cover) with the screen broken.  They are extremely fragile.  I think my cover was a bit light.  I bought my wife a 3G (before I killed my 2nd one and went off all things kindle) and despite the outrageous price got their branded cover with light.  They are pretty good - but be aware that the brass fittings are not exactly bullet proof either.  In our case these were broken off (but by a toddler, so cannot blame Amazon for that one).  Having a light makes it just a bit more versatile and is a lot more convenient that clunky clip on things with separate batteries.

#20 melissasob

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:22 PM

Thank you everyone for the replys, you have answered my questions and now i am excited to get my Kindle.


#21 wannabe30

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:30 PM

Sorry to jump in, but I'm very excited by this idea. Does the light have some kind of shade so it only shines down at the screen, not up into your eyes?

#22 antsy

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:51 PM

I love the cover with the light. I am amazed at how long the battery lasts with the light on, I get around 2-3 weeks out of it and I read every night. I have owned many book lights and this is by far the best because it last very long between recharges and it is of good quality.

The kindle is actually a bit harder to see in low light situations than a regular book. I was trying to read my kindle in a dimly lit room one day and couldnt see the words properly, but was able to read a regular book just fine. So you end up using the light more often than you realise. So glad it doesnt drain the battery very much.

#23 rua

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:02 PM

I love the light on mine. Yep it only shines on the kindle and best of all it turns off when the kindle goes to sleep. I fall asleep reading a lot so this is great for me original.gif

#24 unicorn

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:07 PM

I use a light with mine, but I just bought a knock off cover and a $2.00 clip on led light from the junk shop, it takes rechargable batteries. I wasn't going to spend whatever it was for a name brand cover for it.

#25 coffeetogo

Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:08 PM

My kindle cover has a broken hinge which means I can't use my light- ahhh!

When I searched for some info on the light covers, there were many posts which suggested to use some of those stick-on velcro spots on the back of the 2 outer corners of the actual kindle. It's a great idea as the kindle will be held securely within the cover, taking pressure off those flimsy hinges.

I wish I had read up on this earlier and I could have saved $60.

Hope this helps someone else!

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