Despite what the header may imply, E-Ink is not a mind-altering narcotic (although I’ve personally never tried drinking the contents of a Sony Reader). E-Ink is in fact an amazing new-ish type of electronic paper that could revolutionise the way we think about books and magazines. You can already see its extremely impressive abilities in the aforementioned Sony device, as well as its rival, the Amazon Kindle. This does not explain the appalling time keeping at Esquire though.
It was at last year’s 3GSM show in Barcelona that we first clapped eyes on Polymer Vision’s Readius e-book display. The show’s name may have changed to Mobile World Congress, but Polymer Vision was still there this year, showing the latest version of the device, which is now a fully-fledged mobile phone, as we recently reported.
Jonathan Weinberg writes…
I don’t read as much as I used to, one look at the amount of books in my house is enough evidence to tell that story. Not that I don’t have many, oh no, I’ve got shelves full of novels and non-fiction. It’s just most of them are bought on a whim, and then a few pages in swapped for something else or put down to play the Xbox 360 or check out the telly.
Children too aren’t reading as much as they should. In fact, David Cameron, the Tory leader, is about to announce plans to try and get every
youngster up to speed with their reading by the age of six. It’s a massive failure in any education system when kids can’t pick out enough words to enjoy a story without it being spoken to them…
E-Books. Still not big. But give it time: the publishing industry and technology firms are gradually getting themselves into alignment to give e-books a proper marketing push.
Sony’s Reader device could be at the forefront of that, particularly now it’s getting two new models with more internal storage and tweaked controls. The new models are both called the PRS-505, with one being silver and the other being blue.
E-books have been the Next Big Thing for years now, but there’s finally some substance behind the claim. The New York Times is claiming that Amazon’s much-rumoured Kindle e-book reader device will go on sale in October, costing $400-$500 in the US. What’s more, they reckon it’ll wirelessly connect to an e-book store on Amazon.com.