With a tap, a slider popped up on the screen, and as it was dragged to the right, the screen lit up evenly with a rather cool light. In the dark, it was plainly noticeable as a glow, and in uneven light — say, shade or a shuttered room — the slight illumination made the screen much more readable. At full blast it was definitely projecting some light (technically speaking it was reflecting it), but it was still a soft glow and not the harsh flashlight of a backlit LCD.
It shows again how much space that Kindle gets to the next generation meanwhile to keep it as much minimal as it can be. Smart dudes.
Hmm part of my attraction to the Kindle was that it did not contain a backlight so it did not effect sleep patterns. Hopefully they will have a way to turn the LED lighting off when it is not needed. Plus the battery life won't be as good unless they make it larger like Apple had to do with the "new" iPad