Yes, This is device is great for that. Not only is this less intrusive to other people around you but also great for reading before bed. The idea of these devices is there is no backlight so it is lit from around the edges more like light shining on the page of a book. The light settings go from 0-24, usually in a normal reading setting during the day I have mine set anywhere from 20 - 24 but then at night when the lights are low reading before bed I set it between 8 - 10. It is very simple to adjust the brightness while reading.