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Depends. You can only say that the kindle uses the 60W (or 12W) for the light bulb if the light bulb is on for the sole purpose of lighting the kindle. Odds are, if the kindle was off, he still would't be sitting in the dark
I spend 1-2 hours/night reading in bed.

I have a 12W fluorescent as well, but even then thats 4500-8500W/year. Thats like 25c/year!

Sure you could use a Kindle, but if you use your smartphone you'll save enough money to buy yourself a gumball, and who knows, maybe it will be one of those black gumballs and you get a free movie rental, and maybe you'll go home and rip that movie onto your computer, and then transfer that movie onto your phone, since your Kindle can't play movies....

Where was I going with this?


Point is, would you rather use a device that fits in your pocket, can be held by one hand in any position, doesn't require any light at all, that you likely already carry around and keep charged anyway, or a device that can only read books with limited software in monochrome, and won't even read EPUB files?

Unless the lighting is perfect you'll probably strain your eyes more trying to read a kindle than a smartphone with a nice IPS display like an HTC Desire or iPhone 4.
    
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I spend 1-2 hours/night reading in bed.

I have a 12W fluorescent as well, but even then thats 4500-8500W/year. Thats like 25c/year!

Sure you could use a Kindle, but if you use your smartphone you'll save enough money to buy yourself a gumball, and who knows, maybe it will be one of those black gumballs and you get a free movie rental, and maybe you'll go home and rip that movie onto your computer, and then transfer that movie onto your phone, since your Kindle can't play movies....

Where was I going with this?


Point is, would you rather use a device that fits in your pocket, can be held by one hand in any position, doesn't require any light at all, that you likely already carry around and keep charged anyway, or a device that can only read books with limited software in monochrome, and won't even read EPUB files?

Unless the lighting is perfect you'll probably strain your eyes more trying to read a kindle than a smartphone with a nice IPS display like an HTC Desire or iPhone 4.
alright, I see what you where going for now, and I must say I can actually respond to this with experience.

I actually used the Kindle app on my iPhone 4 for 4-5 months while I was trying to decide if I wanted to get an e-reader or not, and I did greatly enjoy it.

However, reading from an iphone screen can be more irritating than you would think. first, it is slightly too small and causes you to have to change pages far more frequently. also, it has a very small edge around the screen, so finding a comfortable position to hold it can be difficult while avoiding accidentally hitting the screen. Most importantly though, the screen itself is not comfortable to read from for an extended time. because the screen is brightly back-lit and reflective it is very harsh on your eyes while reading text, particularly at night with the lights off.

I am not saying it is not a good idea, I still use my kindle app when i do not feel like carrying the kindle around, but it is not a replacement for a good e-reader. If you enjoy reading a lot, a kindle is well worth the $130 even though it is a very single-use device. They are a quite comfortable size and shape for laying around reading a good book and the screen is FAR more comfortable on the eyes. honestly, the screen is amazing; it looks great in almost ANY lighting. in fact, the only lighting situation that I have not been able to read off of my kindle is pitch black; where as on my iphone i could not read at the beach in the bright sunlight because the back light was not strong enough, or anywhere with bright light for that matter...
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The Kindle app is pretty awful though. The only good part is Whispersync. When I had my iPod Touch I used eReader.

Neither compares to Aldiko though. You can flip pages with the volume buttons, and you can change the brightness by dragging on the left side of the screen, so its never too bright, and you can adjust the font in a dozen little ways. I can easily go 5-6 hours without feeling any kind of strain.
    
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The Kindle app is pretty awful though. The only good part is Whispersync. When I had my iPod Touch I used eReader.

Neither compares to Aldiko though. You can flip pages with the volume buttons, and you can change the brightness by dragging on the left side of the screen, so its never too bright, and you can adjust the font in a dozen little ways. I can easily go 5-6 hours without feeling any kind of strain.
I don't think the kindle app is that bad, I still quite like it. but either way you would still have the issue of not being able to read in bright sunlight (like at the beach, which i do quite often) and that it would be too bright at night (even with the brightness all the way down it still strained my eyes).

again, I agree that the phone apps are nice, but they are not a substitute for an actual e-reader if you read regularly, and it is not something you will realize until you have used a real e-reader regularly.
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What about a nook?
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What about a nook?
I love my Nook. The touchpad at the bottom is much better than the Kindle's ugly, tacky keyboard.

I picked mine up at Best Buy on Black Friday for $100.
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What about a nook?
never tried one, I already had kindle books when I decided I really did want a e-book reader so I went with the kindle... I am sure I would have been happy with either though.
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No. In fact sometimes I feel just a little bit dumber after spending a couple of hours here.
Trust me you're not alone
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