Real Ink vs. E-Ink

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    The most important feature of any eBook Reader is its display. Like others, the Sony Reader doesn't use an LCD display like those on computers; instead, it uses 'E-Ink' which uses far less power and works in a wider range of light conditions.

    While it doesn't measure up to black and white real ink (it looks more like light grey on dark grey), it's perfectly readable.

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    1. duckiemonster 81 months ago | reply

      What's it like on the eyes after spending a couple of hours reading?

      Apart from the bath thing (I'm dreadful for dropping books in the bath) and the risk that the battery dies on you just before the killer ending, it sounds like a superb idea, as long as it's not going to give me headaches.

    2. Adrian 81 months ago | reply

      I have to admit I haven't read it for a couple of hours continuously yet - that's not really a comment on it, because I haven't read *anything* for a couple of hours since I got it. I suspect it would be fine though.

      The battery lasts for 7500 pageturns, supposedly, so that's good for about 20 books. I've been using it for a few hours and it still shows a full charge.

      I picked it up for £55 on a super-discount sale in the US - normally it costs two or three times that amount. Personally, I would've paid up to £120 or so, but not any more. The main reason is because this is first-gen technology and there'll be better versions out next year.

      Much longer review to come on my blog.

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