New Sony E-book Reader
From Wired, an article saying that Sony's new e-book reader has a different — and better — display technology than earlier e-book readers. Here's a bit of the science:
The screen uses E Ink [that] … consists of 480,000 tiny "microcapsules," each of which contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged black particles suspended in a clear fluid. When current is applied to electrodes underneath these capsules, they turn black or white, depending on the polarity of the current. The result is a display that looks far more like ordinary paper than a liquid crystal display [so] … its batteries will last for about 7,500 pages, according to Sony.
Wired doesn't mention Sony's huge brand market share, but I imagine that will play a part. While Wired says that publishers are "excited" (I know I am), they also say:
Also piquing publishers' interest is the fact that Sony plans to integrate its Reader with its online Sony Connect store. It's a not-so-subtle nod to Apple's success in selling music through the iTunes Music Store, which makes buying and transferring songs to iPods extremely simple.
With all the convergence of big media, hardware and software — television comes to the Web, as radio did before it, and music comes from the Web to iPods (hey, it's the closest to "beam me anywhere, Scotty" that we've come up with yet) — I fully expect the day to come when consumers are quite ready for reading on an ebook reader.
Need I say that I am completely thrilled?
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