Color e-book readers may be on the way from Amazon
Despite the popularity of Apple's iPad and competing tablets such as the Kindle Fire, some consumers still pine for color e-readers. Amazon, maker of the Kindle, top seller among e-readers, has flirted with the idea, but previously maintained that the technology wasn't ready yet for a quality color reading device. Now, sources tell Digitimes, color E Ink technology may finally have reached a satisfactory level of sophistication, and Amazon is said to be preparing to roll out a color Kindle in the second half of 2012.
Flex Lighting demos front light e-reader solution
Flex Lighting has demoed a new LED-based technology that aims to solve the problem of lighting for devices using either monochrome or color e-paper. Currently, most fans of e-readers either have to use room lighting, or clip-on lights to read at night. The Flex Lighting solution (see video) works by distributing LED light across a very thin guide layer laminated directly into the surface of an e-reader screen.
iPad and e-reader users loving digital magazine
A study commissioned by the Association of Magazine Media has shown 46 percent of users reading magazines with iPads and e-readers are reading more magazines now than before. An additional 63 percent say they want more digital content to read. Two-thirds of respondents also believe that they will spending more time reading magazines on their devices over the coming year.
Reader offers reduced size and cost
Although Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet stole the show last month at the company's launch event, the company also introduced an update to its traditional Kindle reader. The fourth-generation model brings a smaller housing and improved E Ink display, but without the hardware keyboard that was present on each of the earlier models. In our full review, we determine how the new Kindle stacks up against the earlier models and competing devices.
Younger people getting entertainment online
A small survey interviewing 158 students across eight colleges and universities has concluded that students are spending less on technology compared to last year, and bringing their electronic arsenal with them to school -- but leaving TVs at home, in a dramatic drop from last year. Computer sales were up slightly with the student group, with Apple's share of the purchases in the last three months jumping up sharply from last year, reports Fortune.