Ouch, that stinks.
I was thinking about getting one (or two) for a couple of reasons: 1. My wife likes to read in the evening while I'm watching TV, but neither of us like having the living room light on. 2. I was hoping to use it on flights without having to keep the overhead light on. Bummer.
It's actually a pretty nice thing, believe it or not.
Because it's not backlit, there are two benefits:
1) Extra-super long battery life.
2) Easy to read in sunlight.
My wife and I use this clip-on light at night. Works great.
Also, the best recommendation I can make is to AVOID the Amazon-branded case for the Kindle. It uses "hooks" on the left side to secure the Kindle, and it has the potential to crack the front of the Kindle if you open the case backwards. (This happened to my wife's.) Thank goodness Amazon's customer service is so good -- they replaced the Kindle overnight and gave me a credit to buy a different case. I use this case but there are plenty of others... just look for one that has "straps" to secure the Kindle to the case and doesn't rely solely on the hook system.