eReaders; You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet

In the last week, journalists seemed obsessed with speculating on how eReaders will change our behavior, from the serious (WSJHere Comes the E-Book, Steven Johnson) to the silly (NYTWith Kindle, Can You Tell It’s Proust?, Joanne Kaufman).

The New Yorker‘s Book Bench blog, scoffs at such ruminations (The Social Dilemma of E-Reading), saying flatly “books are sexy; electronic reading devices are not…e-reading’s success…depends more on a Kindle behaving like a book and less like a machine. ”

But, hold on, display technology is evolving even as we try to understand its impact. MIT’s Technology Review looks at a new form of eInk, which offers faster refresh times (the time it takes for the little pixels to rearrange themselves to become the words on the nest page) and text that appears more like ink on paper:

Technology Review, 4/27/09, A New E-Paper Competitor: Pixels containing ink reservoirs could lead to bright e-readers that look more like printed paper, by Prachi Patel

One Response to “eReaders; You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet”

  1. Chris Says:

    In addition to stand-alone devices like the Kindle is the range of ebook applications that are being developed for the iphone, mobiles and desktop. Yesterday Amazon bought Lexcycle, the developer of ebook reading software Stanza on the iphone.

    http://www.lexcycle.com/lexcycle_acquired_by_amazon