Kindle Paperwhite 5 may feature the adjustable warm light, but I need one little software update much more.
As you know, the current Kindle Paperwhite model features a Dark Mode toggle in the quick menu. You can invert the colors of the background and text to better suit the nighttime reading.
The Dark Mode on the Kindle is similar to dark mode in mobile operating systems and modern browsers – but opposite to them, you have to manually turn it on and off.
And it’s where I hope to see some improvement. I would love to see an option to enable automatic Dark Mode based on either sunset/sunrise time or a custom schedule.
The Dark Mode toggle could stay in the quick menu, but an option to enable automatic mode could be added to the Settings.
From my experience, the Dark Mode is much better for night reading than the warm light, especially when you read in bed with the bedside light turned off. Even if you put the Kindle’s front light brightness to the lowest possible level, the black text against the light background is a hell of distraction. And it always makes me feel that it hurts my eyes (hurts my eyes, the e-reader?).
I am aware that an interface of the e-reading device or app has to be streamlined in two modes: the library view and the reading view. I realize that some users would never think of enabling the dark mode in the reading view, but would accept it in the library interface.
The automatic Dark Mode is a software improvement. There is no need to invest in a warm light technology. I can’t understand why it’s not implemented in Kindle mobile apps, and I’m impatiently waiting to see it in the next-generation Kindle Paperwhite.
See the visualization of the automatic Dark Mode in the Kindle Paperwhite 5 and think of doing it manually every time you turn on the e-reader at night.
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