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Color E Ink devices to ship Q1 2011

Color E Ink devices to ship Q1 2011

Ereader display heavyweight E Ink reckon they'll have a color e-paper panel ready in time for devices to ship in the first quarter of 2011, according to their VP of marketing.  Speaking to PCMag this week, Sriram Peruvemba revealed that E Ink plan to show off newer color e-paper displays at SID in a few weeks time, and that the company is working on significantly improved refresh rates.

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1Cross B’ook ereader: Entourage eDGe on a budget? [Video]

1Cross B’ook ereader: Entourage eDGe on a budget? [Video]

Trade shows always bring out some unusual hardware, and the 1Cross B'ook is perhaps one of the odder we've seen from CeBIT 2010 so far this week.  Borrowing from the design of both the Entourage eDGe and the Barnes & Noble nook, the dual-display clamshell ereader has a 6-inch E Ink panel on the left side and a 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen on the right; unlike the eDGe, the majority of the right side is taken up by a physical touch-sensitive keyboard and shortcut buttons.

Video demo after the cut

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Entourage eDGe early preorders shipping now; everyone else can wait until March

Entourage eDGe early preorders shipping now; everyone else can wait until March

Entourage's dual-display eDGe ereader went up for pre-order a while back, but if you didn't get in there early you shouldn't expect to see your device until sometime in March 2010.  According to the company, anyone who pre-ordered the eDGe before January 12th will have their ereader ship this week, and Entourage have also revealed a few more details about what sort of user experience - specifically battery runtimes - owners can expect.

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Astri MyID dual-display ebook reader gets video demo; $130-$150 price predicted

Astri MyID dual-display ebook reader gets video demo; $130-$150 price predicted

Astri's MyID dual-screen ebook reader made a discrete debut at CES 2010 last month, offering the E Ink/LCD touchscreen flexibility of an Entourage eDGe only in a far smaller form-factor.  Ebook reader fanatic Nate Hoffelder grabbed some hands-on time recently with the latest MyID prototype, and his feedback is actually pretty good; navigation is straightforward and the hardware is obviously more portable than the eDGe.  It's also got the potential to be much cheaper, too.

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Sony color Reader on hold as e-paper quality not high enough

Sony color Reader on hold as e-paper quality not high enough

Sony have snubbed the current state of color e-paper technology, with Fujio Noguchi - the company's deputy president of the Digital Reading Business Division - confirming that Sony "are considering making color e-book readers, but there is no electronic paper whose quality is high enough for us."  In an interview with Tech-On!, the executive downplayed the potential market impact of convergence devices - such as smartbooks or Apple's iPad - on standalone ereaders such as Sony's Reader line.

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