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The quality of electronic paper is not yet high enough for Sony to develop a colour e-book reader, an executive at the company has said.

Fujio Noguchi, Deputy President of Sony’s digital reading business, said during a recent press conference that while the company is “considering making colour e-book readers” there “is no electronic paper whose quality is high enough for us”.

Noguchi didn’t say what improvements need to be made before Sony will commit to colour e-book reader production. Colour brightness, battery life impact and price are all possible concerns.

The executive admitted that some content, including magazines, photo albums, comics and picture books, “require a color e-book reader”, according to a report by Japanese website Tech On.

Bookworms can already read e-books on a range of devices that don’t feature e-paper screens. Sony’s Reader range of e-book devices, however, all feature E Ink’s backlight-less technology.

Although Noguchi admitted that Sony “could” produce colour e-book readers by using LCD screens, he hinted that the readability benefits of electronic paper mean the company would rather wait for a decent colour e-paper to emerge. ®

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