Last weekend I was reading some articles regarding the kindle 2’s contrast ratio. The problem with the kindle 2 is that it has additional gray levels which have apparently resulted in reduced legidability. I think the issue is related to the fact that additional levels of gray allow for a finer level of anti-aliasing, which unfortunately means less dark gray to read.
In an effect to try to make the text look a little more natural (it’s normally dark gray on light gray) I decided to pick up a decal for my kindle, and I was lucky enough to find a solid black decal which is perfect for what I was going for.
Some of you may be familiar with the optical illusion I am going for. If you have a gray box inside a white box, and a gray box inside a black box, the gray box in the white box is going to appear darker than the one in the black box. The same principle applies here. What I am going for is giving the optical illusion that the background gray is closer to white so it give the impression that there is higher contrast.
I have not yet had an opportunity to test it out, since I decided to write this before trying it out. But, as you can see from the photo I took, the display of the kindle definately looks rather faint, and I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. In retrospect I should have taken a photo before and after, but it honestly did not occur to me to take a photo until after I had applied the decal. 😉
After I have a chance to read a book or two I will probably revist this post with an update as to whether or not I think this was helpful.