Maybe I'm wrong, but a big part of the goodness of the Kindle e-reader is it's easy-to-carryness, and its whizzy digital modernity: That's where this Periscope Lighted Folio for Kindle gizmo has me confused. Because at one stroke it seems to take the Kindle soaring back 20 years, with a faux-leather case with built-in notepad and pen-holder, and a periscope retracting LED reading light. Sure it'll run for 40 hours from three AAA batteries, but it's $50. Just turn on a bedside light, why don't you? [PocketLint]
This isn't a "Kindle" solution to the problem- it's a third party.
I wish that the kindle would have a built in book light- maybe the top bit of the cse would slide up on extendible arms, and then it'd pivot out and give you a booklight.
I'm pretty sure that anybody that says "The epaper thing is so useless- give me a laptop or a palm!" hasn't read a book of any particular length on an eink device.
Same goes for people that say that books are the only way to consume the printed word.
The eReader devices are amazingly cool, and reading on them is a pleasure. (Even without a built in light.)
The Sony is hella small and sexy, but the book selection on the kindle and the ability to buy anything from wherever you are (as long as it's in the US) is not to be dismissed.