For those of you who haven't purchased an e-reader because you think you'd miss the experience and feel of turning pages, take a look at this prototype and ask yourself if it's really worth it.
Color E Ink is coming by way of the Far East. Hanvon, providers of 90% of the world's E Ink will be showing off its new color E Ink technology in Japan tomorrow. The Chinese company expects color E Ink to even the playing field between e-readers and tablets, but can it?
It's impossible not to look at the ur-tablet Nook Color (aka NOOKcolor) and think of iPad and other tablets to come. Aside from its color e-book reading capabilities, Nook Color does a lot of tablet-like stuff like run Android 2.1, surf the Web and play videos and music. With a bright 7-inch color LCD touchscreen, Nook Color looks much like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And Nook Color is "only" $250, half the price of iPad, so that makes it a good deal, right? Only if you took math lessons from Abbott & Costello.
The line between e-readers and tablets just got a lot hazier today, when Barnes & Noble unveiled the Nook Color, a new version of the company's e-reader with a full-color touchscreen and costs $249. It's a sexy device, but the new Nook tastes more like tablet lite than any e-reader that's come before.
While the e-reader price war continues, LG is quietly making plans to become a major innovator in the e-paper market. According to an SEC filing made last Friday, the company plans to be making big, flexible e-paper screens as well as smaller-size color e-paper by the end of the year.
The Kindle may not be the only hardware we see from Amazon, according to The New York Times. The company's R&D group, Lab 126, is putting out the call for dozens of of extra engineers, which could signal more than just an updated Kindle.
Amazon is going the way of the iPad and the Nook with a new Kindle that comes in two flavors: Wi-Fi only and more expensive 3G. More importantly, there's also a new form factor to ponder. It's smaller, lighter and oddly makes the Kindle attractive again.
Richard Stephenson over at Folio recently wrote about how magazine publishers are getting their content onto the iPad, and in doing so shared a eyebrow-raising anecdote: that the shiny, sexy iPad has made some Kindle owners feel ashamed of their "relic." Is this really happening?
It all started as a rumor, but now here it is: Barnes and Noble is launching a Wi-Fi-only version of the Nook alongside its original 3G model, which will in turn get a cut in price. The Wi-Fi Nook will sell for a low $150, while the 3G unit will drop to $200 from $250. There's also good news for anyone who uses AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots.
Do you want to read on e-ink, or an LCD? That's the big question. There's a worry that Amazon could be going the way of the iPad in something of a "Me, too!" move, opting for full color and an LCD touchscreen. That's entirely the wrong move, according to author Seth Godin.