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CES News for the eBook Reader

There were no updates to the existing slate of ebook Readers on the market, but there were advances and new technology that was shown off at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show.

  • A company called “Shortcovers” will be releasing an iPhone application designed to deliver short works to iPhone readers.  
  • Plastic Logic is working on its own version of an eink device.   It’s set to sell in fall 2009 and runs Windows CE.   You can read MS Lit on Windows CE along with almost every other format such as eReader, Mobi, and PDF.   Running Windows CE might make a big difference.
  • Samsung is developing an eink device called Papyrus but it doesn’t look like it is bringing anything new to the market. Via MobileRead.
  • Microsoft is working on a flexible display technology that is like color eink.    You can see 30 seconds about it in the CES keynote speech.

A couple other ebook related links.

  •   NY Times business section article suggests that Kindle is worth 9 billion in market capitalization for Amazon.   
  • Which may explain why Verizon is thinking about offering some kind of content + device + cell service for readers.   
  • Color eInk technology is making advances.   (thanks GrowlyCub).

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

2 Comments

  1. MaryK
    Jan 11, 2009 @ 23:13:21

    I bet that Plastic Logic device is going to cost the earth! :(

    I want an eink device so bad – I’m tired of waiting for something reasonably priced!

    /whining

  2. sandeep
    Jul 14, 2010 @ 06:51:40

    The primary e-book reader I really want. I'd probably only use it to read newspapers and books. it's thin, beautiful, and the touchscreen is certainly key. Too awful it costs over $600.

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