Looking to keep up with Barnes and Noble’s illuminated Nook e-reader, Amazon are apparently preparing to release their own rival Kindle with a built-in light illuminating the screen from the edge of the bezel.
A test build of a monochrome E-Ink device was reportedly spotted back in April, with an integrated light powered by the e-reader’s internal battery. It would allow for reading long into the night, and would be easier on the eye than backlit LCD screens.
The new feature is expected to land as a premium edition of the Kindle Touch 3G, followed soon after by an updated Wi-Fi only version. The mark up cost for the light could be as little as $10 extra, making it a particularly tempting upgrade.
And yet Amazon seem ready to launch the device in July, according to the report. The month with perhaps the most daylight hours in it. Someone get these guys a solar calendar!
By Gerald Lynch | May 15th, 2012