Kindle by candle

The power is out. So, time to get some reading done. I don’t have a case with light for my Kindle, so it’s Kindle by kindled candle.

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I have the Kindle 3g which has a keyboard. I was sceptical at first but I have been won over. The newest Kindles amazon is putting out run on a new technology. There is new generation of Kindle, Kindle Touch, and a new Kindle Fire with color. The Kindle Fire is more like a tablet, like an iPad, and it has a new browser that runs on cloud technology which is apparently very fast.

USA only, click HERE to order a Kindle Fire.  To order a simple Kindle Touch HERE or the top end with free 3g HERE. For the Kindle 3G with the keyboard (the one I have now) click HERE.

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16 Responses to Kindle by candle

  1. Whatcha readin’? :)

  2. Finarfin says:

    Where the ancient and the modern meet.

  3. Jerry says:

    Let’s hope the kindled candles doesn’t consume the candled Kindle.

    (This brings to mind a classic sketch with Johnny Carson and Jack Webb: The Copper Clapper Caper)

  4. Banjo pickin girl says:

    Jerry, the flagon with the dragon holds the brew that is true. Not the vessel with the pestle (which holds the potion with the poison) nor the chalice with the palace. (gaaack).

    Oh I am showing my age.

  5. priests wife says:

    I have done the same- except if one forgets to turn off the wi-fi the battery doesn’t last that long—

    I’m off the charge my Kindle to prepare for tomorrow thunderstorms

  6. Once, during a power outage that lasted for nearly two weeks, I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy via the light of a red L.E.D. headlamp.

  7. albinus1 says:

    BPG: Get it? Got it. Good!
    ***
    I confess I’ve never understood why the Kindle doesn’t have a built-in light. For me, the absence of a light — even as an option — is a major obstacle to my wanting to get one. It seems to me that part of the point of an electronic reading device is to be able to read in the dark or in dim light. I have a Kindle app on my Android phone. The small screen is a pain, but at least I can read it in the dark.

    Of course, if the entire Loeb Classical Library and/or the Oxford Classical Text Library, or the Bibliotheca Classica Teuberiana, were available for the Kindle, that would be another matter.

    [Could be a battery life issue. The newest Kindles amazon is putting out is backlit, and readable in the dark. This is the new generation of Kindle, Kindle Touch, and a new Kindle Fire with color. The Kindle Fire is more like a tablet, like an iPad, and it has a new browser that runs on cloud technology which is apparently very fast. I echo your sentiments about the entire Loeb. Yes, indeed, yes.]

  8. The advantage of the Kindle is that it doesn’t need a back light. Because of the design of its screen, it can be read purely by reflected light, even candlelight. It can also be read comfortably in broad daylight, unlike other designs, which need powerful back lighting to be read at all in the sunshine. This also means that it doesn’t have to be recharged very often — once a month perhaps, instead of once a day or more for my iPod Touch.

  9. mibethda says:

    Actually, Father, while the Kindle Fire is backlit (much as a computer screen, and, consequently less easy on the eyes than the electronic ink of the other Kindles) the Kindle Touch is not backlit, and the screen must be illuminated from an external source. Kindle’s leather case with a built in LED light can be used with the Touch as well as with the other electronic ink versions. I find that the light works quite well under both low light and no-light conditions and does not significantly run down the charge. Perhaps if it was put on your list (with a listing of your model)….

  10. albinus1 says:

    The advantage of the Kindle is that it doesn’t need a back light. Because of the design of its screen, it can be read purely by reflected light, even candlelight.

    I understand that, but I guess my point was that there should be a light as an option, that one can use in situations where an external light source is unavailable, or inconvenient. Fr. ‘s Z point about the restrictions of battery life is probably one of the reasons why the earlier models don’t have it.

  11. mibethda says:

    albinus1,
    The light is available as an option – at least with the standard size Kindles (Keyboard, Touch and, for want of a better term, partial Touch), I an not sure as to its availability with the large size devices – but is built into the leather cover, which is an accessory. As I noted above, it does not seem to reduce the charge life significantly. Of course, by adding it to the cover, rather than building it into the Kindle device itself, Amazon encourages its customers to expand the amount of their purchases. I will note that the cover is also useful in helping with the handling of the device and the protection of the screen from fingerprints, dust etc.

  12. a1437053 says:

    Father Z,

    Is the keyboard of exceptional use to you?

    I’m torn between the reading Kindle (79) and the keyboard Kindle.

    Jose

  13. ContraMundum says:

    That doesn’t look like it can be good for the eyes. Maybe it’s time to get a Coleman lantern.

  14. irishgirl says:

    No power? It’s cold out! How did you stay warm, Father Z?
    Do you have a fireplace or stove in your house?
    I don’;t have any heat in my house right now. I have fuel oil (hate it), so all I have right now is a small space heater.

  15. RichardT says:

    Somehow this seems very slightly wrong. Books by candlelight, definitely, but this?

    Rather like having a wood-fired generator to power a microwave.