For the third in my series explaining (or at least attempting to) the E Ink eBook reader device technology, I am taking a look at what the future holds for the digital eBook reader.
As you will be aware if you have followed my previous articles, e paper has been the solution to the problem of reading text from a screen, and has opened up the eBook reader device to many other opportunities.
It has been openly stated by Amazon, the giant online book-store, that they expect digital downloads of ebooks (electronic books) to ultimately overtake their physical counterparts. This has been made feasible only through e-ink technology, as used on Amazons own Kindle 온라인 홀덤 digital eBook reader. That is a reputed $125 million dollar market for Amazon alone. Then start to look at Sony’s own book-mall and Waterstones book-shop, and the many others and you see the scale of this market and the reason for those companies eagerness to push their readers to customers.
There are also great plans afoot to replace printed material, in the form of newspapers, educational books in schools, collages and universities. The advantages are there to be seen, cost, the impact on the environment, reduced storage, the list goes on and on. You can probably see probable applications for these devices in the business community, with their ability to add notes to working documents, that will then be printed along with the document, sticking out as a major benefit to field operatives and working parties.
The latest development from the industry leaders, E-Ink, is a display with faster, flicker free page turns and advanced contrast that has paved the way for a 1:1 display of A4 documents, marketed under the name of Vizplex. The introduction of the Readius, by the Dutch giant Philips spin off company Polymer Vision, was another step forward. This technology enabled a flexible epaper to be used as a folding screen on a mobile phone. We have not seen the end of this development as it opens up completely the ability to fit to a small device a large screen.
We already have a wireless eBook reader in the form of both the Kindle and iRex digital eBook reader models, but this will need to be standard on all future models, to remove from the equation the P.C, so readers can download the latest news and purchase ebooks on the move through the 3G mobile network, all without having to connect to the web.
The big push of late has been towards colour displays, not the size of a match box (we have those already) but at least equal in size to the grey scale screens already in use. Oh and they need to be affordable…well make way for the Fujitsu Flepia. It’s unsure as yet if the Flepia used an E Ink display or their own proprietary technology. It has a cutting edge 200 mm XGA screen with the capability of showing either 8 or 4,096 colours depending which mode you choose to read in. It is currently being tested on the general public in Japan and, depending on the public’s response to the device, could be in the shops as early as next spring.