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The Inventor of E Ink Technology Nominated for European Inventor Award
April 25, 2013 | 12:15 pm

E InkI won't pretend to be familiar with the European Inventor Award myself, but according to the European Patent Office, "it pays tribute to the men and women whose quest for new ideas drives technological progress and economic growth, shapes society and improves our daily lives." Fifteen inventors are in the running for the award this year, and interestingly enough, one of the non-European inventors in the running is the U.S.-based team of Joseph M. Jacobson (pictured above) and Barrett Comiskey. Never heard of them? Me neither. But apparently they were the actual inventors of E Ink technology. E Ink displays, of course, have...

Morning Links: Are the French preparing an e-book revolution?
April 1, 2013 | 9:12 am

Morning Links E Ink Remains Committed to E-Readers Despite CEO Change (Good E-Reader) The deal Goodreads should've struck (hint: it wasn't with Amazon) (Paid Content) Are the French preparing an e-book revolution? (Media Shift) The e-book continues to slowly but surely gain ground in France (Rude Baguette) Kindle Daily Deals: Chasing Rainbows by Kathleen Long (+ 3 others)...

Thanks to Michigan researchers, e-readers and tablets are about to become much more colorful
February 10, 2013 | 4:22 pm

peacock feathers According to a February 6 article that appeared on CIO.com, a website for "chief information officers and other IT leaders," researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor "have found a way to make colors more vivid on an e-reader screen, which could lead to the creation of advanced displays and spawn the development of color e-books." The scientific explanation behind the discovery is certainly complicated, but it has to do with something called structural color, "which is the foundation that makes things like a peacock's tail feathers appear iridescent," according to a separate article about the Michigan research team that...

Morning Links — Stories you may have missed
January 29, 2013 | 9:55 am

E Ink Now Being Sued for Patent Infringement (The Digital Reader) Kindle Fire Nabs 33% of Android Market Share (The Digital Reader) Spending on Digital Content Tablet on Tablets Soars, New Research Says (Digital Book World) How Digital Comics Change the Way Comics are Drawn and Imagined (Gizmodo) Making Money from Kindle Publishing (PC Pro) Kindle Daily Deals: Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (and 3 others)...

Is Amazon’s Acquisition of Ivona good or bad for disabled e-library users?
January 24, 2013 | 3:45 pm

Well, guess which Seattle-based  megaconglomerate has just bought Ivona Software (Web site here, Wikipedia entry here)—perhaps the world’s best provider of text to speech to use with e-books and other texts? That’s right, Amazon. It’s already using an Ivona voice in the Kindle Fire, and Ivona tech is also powering “Voice Guide” and “Explore by Touch.” Too bad those features aren’t available on the Paperwhite so far. Deliberate intra-brand market segmentation? Stinks either way. At any rate, even now, you can see Jeff Bezos’ corporate branding on the Ivona site. It’s too early to know how this will shake out for library users with disabilities and for other...

E Ink Pebble Watch Ships Today!
January 23, 2013 | 12:49 pm

If you follow TeleRead regularly, you may know that aside from recently developed something of an obsession for the new smart watch trend, we're always fascinated by nearly any product that incorporates the technology of the E Ink Corporation into its design. Well ... remember the Kickstarted e-paper Pebble wrist watch? As promised, the company, Pebble Technology, announced Wednesday that they will begin shipping Pebble watches today, Wednesday, January 23. Although backers should be receiving their Pebbles in the mail shortly, the company has a few cautionary messages to announce. Listed as published on the Pebble blog, they are as follows: Notes: ♦ Pebble iOS App is not...

HELP! My E-Reader Keeps Freezing! (How to reset your Kindle, Nook or Kobo)
January 20, 2013 | 3:20 pm

Amazon Kindle start-up pageAlways remember that e-readers are like small computers. Sometimes they just hiccup and stop working correctly. Freezing, acting sluggish or pages turning slower than normal are common complaints. Relax. It's perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. No need to call customer service just yet; a quick reset will fix most problems. Here's instructions on how to reset the three most popular e-reading devices. 1. Kindle (E Ink) The easiest way to reset a Kindle is to press or slide (depending on your model) the power switch, and to hold it in the 'off' position for 20 seconds. Your Kindle will restart itself, and most...

At CES, an E Ink Watch Raises $200,000 in Two Days
January 16, 2013 | 11:16 am

Most of you met the newest addition to the TeleRead team, the reporter and author Juli Monroe, when we published her introductory post a couple days back. (If you missed it, click here to give it a look.) But last weekend, we republished an article of Juli's about E Ink readers that was originally written for one of our sister sites, GadgeTell. Juli's piece was essentially a defense of dedicated E Ink e-readers; she made it quite clear that she doesn't put much stock into the recent chatter that, due to the rise in popularity of tablet computers, E Ink e-readers...

Calling for the demise of E Ink readers is premature
January 13, 2013 | 9:30 am

By Juli Monroe I’ve been reading posts saying that “E-Ink is dead” for, well, years now. The general argument goes something like this: “People really want tablets. They don’t want a single-function device. E-ink is too slow to refresh and isn’t good for anything except reading books. And people don’t read anyway.” All of those things are true (well, except for that last one), but it misses the point. I’m active on Kindleboards, an online forum for Kindle lovers, and discussion, purchasing and love for the E Ink Kindles is alive and well. The Kindle Paperwhite was sold out through most of the holiday season,...

The NY Times creates the first-ever Kindle Paperwhite infographic
December 31, 2012 | 4:01 pm

Amazon Kindle PaperwhiteDid anyone else notice the fantastic Kindle Paperwhite infographic that ran in the New York Times' Business section on December 26? It appears to have been a dual effort on the part of tech reporter Brian X. Chen and graphics editor Frank O'Connell; the latter put together an equally gorgeous infographic about the Lytro camera back in February. We've reproduced a portion of the graphic for you below, but in order to access the "info" aspect of the feature, you'll need to click here to visit the Times' site. The piece essentially explains how the Paperwhite's "unique lighting system" works: "Rather than using a...

Popular Mechanics Predicts the Future of Digital Reading
December 29, 2012 | 7:01 pm

Over on the Popular Mechanics website, a fantastic roundup article appeared a few weeks back featuring 110 Predictions  For the Next 110 Years, organized by decade. This being Popular Mechanics, the majority of the entries are, of course, science- and tech-based. There are some interesting predictions regarding impossible-sounding futuristic apps the PM team suspects we may encounter at some point over the next decade or ten. But two of the entries are specifically e-reading themed, and we quite like the sound of them both. So we've reproduced them for you here. And by the way, if you have any e-reading or digital publishing predictions of your own...

E-reading still quite feasible without steady power supply, Paul Biba reports
November 13, 2012 | 10:15 pm

hurricane-sandy-damage-new-jerseyOne of the most common complaints about e-books is that you can’t do as much with them when the power goes out. Well, our former editor Paul Biba has been caught without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and has found that, within limits, e-reading can work just fine without a steady source of electricity.  (Hat tip to Nate Hoffelder for pointing this post out to me in e-mail.) While he limited himself to paper book reading during the day, Paul found he could read from his Kindle PaperWhite after dark with the light on very easily. He reported reading...