Wednesday, April 01, 2009

e-paper

I met a Taiwanese company yesterday which is at the forefront of coloured e-paper. They have been working with Japanese supermarkets to enable them to display their prices electronically so that at the end of the day when they give discounts on fresh food, they can change the prices on the computer rather than doing it all by hand. They are also working with a Taiwanese newspaper to go completely electronic. A regular reader of the newspaper will subscribe to an e-reader and will thus get updated news through the day. No more wasted newspaper.

3 Comments:

Blogger kinglear said...

Dear dear. There are swathes of us that would find an e-reader rather uncomfortable in the loo department....

9:01 am  
Blogger David Crookes said...

I hadn't noticed that the cost of a newspaper was the paper. I priced up an e-reader recently, of suitable size to read PDF papers. Against the cost of printing out said papers, it didn't come close. I can print a 100 page PDF on 25 pages at 600 DPI, both sides for about 50p. A £200 reader buys a lot of printed reading, AND you can read in the bath.

The best thing about e-readers seems to be a portability argument, vast amounts of reading in a small portable volume. However, for someone like me, who travels rarely and reads most things at home and has the space for piles of reading, no benefit so far.

4:34 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi David - is your e-reader in colour?

7:54 am  

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