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e-book reader and eInk

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by PG1995, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. PG1995

    Thread Starter Distinguished Member

    Apr 15, 2011

    I don't own an e-book reader but plan to buy one soon. I have never seen someone using a stand-alone e-book reader; I mean most people simply use their computers to read e-books.

    After searching the net I see most dedicated e-book readers use eInk technology for screen display. Please check this table. I'm more interested in color screen e-book readers. Surprisingly enough, Kindle Fire doesn't use eInk technology rather it used capacitive touch display. Another yet unreleased e-book reader PocketBook A 10" also doesn't use eInk technology. Previously, I heard that e-book reader use display which give them more real paper feel. I was wondering if these e-readers which doesn't use technologies such as eInk can deliver the experience. Please let me know. Thanks for the information.

  2. kubeek


    Sep 20, 2005
    The difference between e-ink and lcd is if it draws power or not. E-ink draws power when being changed, while lcd draws power constantly. I am not aware of any paper-feeliness, both are just pixel-based displays, both with their pros and cons.
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  3. steveb

    Senior Member

    Jul 3, 2008
    Perhaps not paper-feel, but the monochrome E-ink, has a paper-look. The biggest advantage I've found with the E-ink is the ease of reading in the sunlight. As far as I know, even the best color computer displays don't do well in direct sunlight, while the E-ink is best in bright light.

    PG1995, ... Personally, I use both a laptop computer with LCD (Mac Air 11 inch) and a Kindle DX (largest size) with E-ink. Sometimes I use both at once, if I want to look at two books at the same time, which is often. Otherwise, I choose the one most suited for the lighting conditions.

    A great advantage of the E-ink, is the long battery life. I go for a month without recharging. Most computers and other color tablets barely last through a work day.

    A significant disadvantage of the E-ink, is the slow response. It is plenty fast enough for page by page reading, even with pixel based PDF documents. However, if you want to quickly scan through many pages to find something particular, it is too slow and a computer is much better for this purpose, while a real book is even better still.
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  4. cravenhaven

    Active Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    Also note that most ebooks are very light, considerably lighter than a real book. The other advantage of the e-ink screen is that they are very comfortable to read for long periods as you might do when reading a book. An LCD screen is somewhat more tiring.
  5. Lundwall_Paul

    Active Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I don't know much about e-readers but I would look at the selection of books avaliable before I invested in one. I do not think that all E-books work on all
  6. akonobi

    New Member

    Nov 25, 2011