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Colour e-paper

A few years ago I just didn’t really get the Kindle. Why would anyone buy a device that looks and behaves like something several generations behind a modern tablet? After all, can’t an iPad do every a Kindle can do and lots more? That was before I tried a Kindle and understood what people mean by e-paper. Fundamentally an iPad is a light-emissive device whereas the Kindle is a light-reflective device. In the dark the iPad is great but try reading it on a sun bed on holiday. Whereas the Kindle is hard to read in the dark but is easier to read in very bright conditions; just like an old-fashioned book or newspaper.

But there are two things that still let e-paper technology down. The refresh rate is slow and it’s mainly still just shades of grey. Where is the colour e-paper that promised to revolutionise our mobile displays? According to industry expert Sean Buckley the technology of colour e-paper may be grinding to a halt. And now it seems that consumers are losing interest in e-readers anyway. To read Sean’s fascinating account in full please click here.

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colour e-paper

I’m very excited by colour e-paper. Not least because I like Harry Potter – and I really look forward to the day when we buy newspapers (as in Harry Potter’s magical world) and the photos move and change. That’s what e-paper has the potential to do.

So it was great to read that colour e-paper is just around the corner. Fujitsu has announced its next-generation colour e-paper; this is more likely to lead to the possibility of lightweight colour ebooks with long battery life than newspapers with moving pictures in the short term Рbut the long term is another matter.

For further information see – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/11/fujitsu_color_epaper/

The technology still seems to lack the ability to generate really vibrant colours but I am sure this is a problem that will soon be resolved.