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Subject: E-inks future competitor = Colored e-paper
Date Posted: 11/22/2011 8:14 PM ET
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I was was reading a (different) forum discussion about a Mirasol Color e-ink reader in South Korea that might make it to the US one of these days...

Here.

When someone on the forum pointed out that it's not e-ink (the article is apparently using the wrong term) but e-paper. I asked about the difference between the two, and while didn't understand the Wiki entry very well, apparently it's a totally different display type.

An 'easier read' about the technology Here.

Personally, I'm not sure I like the way the colors look a bit washed out, and not sure the Konji on the first links look very sharp. But for those who don't want a backlit screen, but who would like color and long battery life, you might want to keep your eye open for future e-Paper devices.

[Edit: But don't hold your breath, since the article was pre-fall 2010. Obviously, no Kindle e-paper machine out now.]



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Date Posted: 11/22/2011 8:24 PM ET
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I'll have to keep an eye on this.  I have several tech friends who would love an actual EReader that is capable of seeing the color in the manuals they buy.

Question: The article shows Nov 21st 2011 when I clicked on it.  Where are you getting the 2010?   Oh, never mind.  The article it refers to.  



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Date Posted: 11/22/2011 8:30 PM ET
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I'll have to keep an eye on this.  I have several tech friends who would love an actual EReader that is capable of seeing the color in the manuals they buy.

I think it would be a big hit with a lot of people.

Like the others, I'd have to hold one and play with one to be sure it was sharp enough for me.

Gosh, poor me, having something in the future I need to play with....wink

 

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 3:00 PM ET
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Tablets can already do that LOL  Kindle for Apps gives you 3 options   White on Black/Blaci on White/ & my fave Brown like paper with Black words!   Kobo for Apps does the same!  Not sure about B&N  ... 

Some one on MR has a eReader Tablet combo!  One side eInk the other is color!

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 3:27 PM ET
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Tablets can already do that LOL  Kindle for Apps gives you 3 options   White on Black/Blaci on White/ & my fave Brown like paper with Black words!   Kobo for Apps does the same!  Not sure about B&N  ...

They're not the same thing. The e-ink and e-paper aren't backlit.

For some, that's a huge difference. I love my iPad, but can't read on it or on a monitor long enough to read a whole chapter, let alone a whole book. Changing colors on a tablet doesn't work for me. It's still light coming straight at you, and I've yet to see a true black on any of them. I don't even use my iPhone as an alarm with a black screen unless I put it face down. Their black isn't really black. My eyes can tell.

That's why I prefer e-ink for any type of long-term reading. I'd still go for a color e-paper reader over a tablet as long as the fonts were clear.

 

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 5:09 PM ET
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Backlit screens (like computers monitors, tablets, cell phones) make my eyes tired fast when reading, plus the glare can make my dyslexia issues play up due to brightness.  I prefer the look of e-ink (more like words on paper) then digital.  Don't get me wrong I think the Nook color is a great device but for reading, only for short amount of times.

I'd think color epaper would be nice mix of both.

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 8:52 PM ET
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I understand it.  When I read my computer monitor screen, if it's more than a minute or two, the letters start to move around. 

I think the color epaper is an interesting concept. 

Date Posted: 11/24/2011 10:25 AM ET
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Ectaco has a color eink reader. The only link I have is for a Russian one here

Here is a picture of one that is not available, as I recall its @$500 and is for students.

Ok here is the info on the Jetbook Color



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Date Posted: 11/24/2011 12:01 PM ET
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Interesting, but the size of the Jetbook would be too big for me.

Date Posted: 11/25/2011 7:40 AM ET
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The size of the price is too big for me. I'd love to have one though.

Date Posted: 11/25/2011 1:01 PM ET
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Heres the one I was talking about......  http://www.walmart.com/ip/Generic-7-N-A-100-9500011-BLK/17027636    Took me awhile to find it LOL

Date Posted: 11/25/2011 3:30 PM ET
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Heres the one I was talking about......

The company is out of business, Barb, so no support. You'd have to find on-line support on how to find the firmware upgrade that will allow you to make the until functional by allowing someone to use it with having to register it.

It also doesn't say what format of ebooks it takes. I'd want to do more research on that.

And while it has an e-ink screen on one side, that doesn't look like an e-paper screen next to it. So that's a 'no go' for someone who has trouble with backlit screens.

It might be fun to get one to hack into something else, but even then I'm not sure I'd want to spend that much on something with such little support. If I was on a strict budge, I'd save the $100 and add it to something better.

 

Date Posted: 11/25/2011 5:18 PM ET
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Good to know!  It did cross my mind...    LOL