If you read some of the Kindle discussion groups, you'll see people complaining about "no backlighting", and then a few days/weeks later they will be lauding the fact that it has no backlighting.
The Kindle has many flaws, but it does allow you to read a few different non-DRM formats.
Plenty of free e-books in Mobipocket format show up fine on Kindle.
DRM is not to prevent other files from being readable on the Kindle.
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