Colour Kindle incoming says mole
E-book reader, not Fire
Colour Kindle, anyone? Yes, we thought that would mean the arrival of the Kindle Fire over here, but the inevitable Taiwanese contract-manufacturer moles say, no, it's a colour e-ink device with a multi-touch sensor overlaying the display.
And it'll be out during the second half of the year, they add, by way of Digitimes.
The site mentions a comment from E Ink chairman Scott Liu to the effect that it'll have colour e-ink panels out shortly. E Ink gave us a demo of a prototype last month. It was impressive enough, but the company promised an even better release later this year.
Put the claims together, and it looks likely we could indeed see a colour Kindle by Christmas.
Of course, it'll hard for e-ink to match the colour reproduction of LCD or OLED panels, and since most print is monochrome, you might think there's little need for a colour e-book reader alongside black and white versions and colour tablets.
Maybe, but E Ink for one reckons there's a small but significant number of buyers who want a colour screen they can take outside to view in bright light. We'll find out later this year if Amazon agrees. ®
Looooads of uses!
Might not be as vibrant as an LCD / oLED, but comics / magazines are generally colour.
Or going away from e-books, mobile phone screens - you'd miss out on video, but much longer battery life and the ability to read text messages on the beach.
This is the news I've been waiting for. Not a fan of reading on my Tablet (due to battery life), so a colour e-ink Kindle would be ideal.
Just give me folders already...
I don't understand why it is not possible to include a simple folder navigation. I have too many books and PDFs on my Kindle for this stupid Collections idea and sorting the books and stuff with the Kindle (I have a Kindle DX) is a pain in the ass...
I wouldn't mind one around a2/a3 size to use as a picture frame. I know I could use an LCD panel, but they're heavy, and consume too much power for that size of display. Obviously I'd need the resolution to go with it, but something around the average pixel density from an inkjet printer would be sufficient.
"Of course, it'll hard for e-ink to match the colour reproduction of LCD or OLED panels"
Why should it? If it can do a reasonable job of matching the colour reproduction of your average book or comic, that should be more than enough.
Although initially skeptical of the whole "ebook reader" thing, having used a Kindle for a few months now (Kindle 4, then Kindle Touch), I'm definitely a convert. It's not a tablet PC, but I don't need it to be - it does an excellent job of allowing me to read the books I want to read without weighting any more than the lightest of paperbacks.
I'd definitely get a colour e-ink reader as long as weight and battery life were broadly comparable with what I've got now.