One of the few things that technology has not changed even after centuries is book reading. But lately, things have started to change when it comes to book reading methods. Books are still our best friends, but certainly we have some new friends around the block, known as “e-Ink eReaders”. We could read books electronically prior to them, but what makes the e-Ink eReaders so special are their close to nature typeset, that is -radically different than you have previously seen with an electronic paper and electronic ink.
This electronic paper technology was first introduced for purchase by Sony in 2006 with its e-Book Reader. The eBook Reader by Sony replaced conventional LCD display with E Ink and offered customized back light tweaks to enhance reading experience. This e-Ink is a reflective technology, allowing you to read like you would read a book or a newspaper.
This e Ink eReader allows you to read books while you relax and offers great reading experience in all environmental conditions. The e-Ink eReaders are lighter and more portable than the computers and the books themselves. This means you can enjoy reading while on the go whether at gym, at a park or travelling in a plane or train. Many of the eReaders also have voice reading feature, letting you listen to your favorite books and articles.
These eReaders are now being developed by many companies and big names such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo and Astac. There are two types of eBook Readers available in the market:
- Monochromatic eBook Readers
- Multi-color eBook Readers
While monochromatic e-Ink eReaders give you a simple two-display that looks exactly like reading a book or a newspaper, multi-color ones generally give you a shiny LCD screen, exhibit about 16 million colors. The multi-color eBook reader is known as a “tablet”, including other features such as listening to music, web-surfing and so on. The monochromatic ones only have a 7 shade grey scale, but are actually better to read with. Monochromatic e-Ink eReaders doesn’t give you a color display, but are lighter to hold and more comfortable to read.
The first electronic paper, known as Gyricon, was invented back in 70s by Nick Sheridan. In 90s, electrophoretic display was developed by Joseph Jacobson-co-founder of the E Ink Corporation. Other displays include electro-wetting, electrofluidic, interferometric modulator and other bistable displays.
Monochromatic e-Ink eReaders are like libraries in your hand, allowing you to download and read eBooks with a high contrast display without any backlighting, a very long battery life; browse the web for reading, MP3 player and listen to eBooks and articles.