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January 5, 2006

Sony Releases New E-Book

From ABC News:

Sony today issued the latest electronic challenge to the printed page.

The Sony Reader, introduced here at the Consumer Electronics Show, is a book-size device that can store hundreds of volumes and display them, one page at a time, on a screen that uses innovative electronic-ink technology to eliminate the glare and flicker that make prolonged reading on traditional computer and handheld displays so uncomfortable.

Electronic books are not new, but they've never caught on big, at least partly because of the aforementioned display problems. Battery life has also been an issue: A fair amount of juice is necessary to keep a conventional LCD illuminated—and up to now, most devices that support electronic books have had LCD screens. Another problem with books on LCDs is that they don't look so great in bright sunlight.

Complete article here.

Posted by kstover2 at January 5, 2006 10:54 AM