New Reader the Future of Newspapers?

Newspaper subscriptions have been falling steadily for several years. Amazon’s Kindle, which appears to be a hit, held out the promise of reviving them for the Internet generation. The Kindle offers subscriptions to popular newspapers but (in my view) is an awkward device for several reasons.

Enter a new newspaper reader that appears much more elegant than the Kindle, with better resolution, from a company called Plastic Logic. The NY Times covers the device, which goes on sale next year. No price has been announced to date.

According to the article in the Times the device is updated through a wireless connection and “can store hundreds of pages.” It’s unclear whether the device is flexible but Plastic Logic has demo’d a range of flexible screen products. This one features a newspaper:

This device appears to have great screen resolution (not sure about color or touch screen capabilities). Priced right I predict it would be a big success and could boost newspaper subscriptions. It’s like print yet delivered electronically with all or most of the capabilities of a newspaper site.

It also raises the intriguing question about this as a general Internet access device.


Esquire issues magazine with “electronic ink” cover:


6 Responses to “New Reader the Future of Newspapers?”

  1. dax Says:

    It’s funny you have issues with the Kindle, I’m the same but to be fair I can never list out my reasons, it’s more of a “I just don’t like it.” I’m not sure about the feel, look, the interface is cumbersome.

  2. Greg Sterling Says:

    The resolution on the screen, the “black and white” images, the hardware itself.

  3. Dense ‘Deal’ Piece on YP « Screenwerk Says:

    […] for an internet-connected flat panel that replicates look and feel of print YP along the lines of how a newspaper might be published on a digital flat panel in the future. However, younger people generally aren’t drawn to print YP’s look and […]

  4. Dax Brady Sheehan Says:

    Ha Greg thanks for the final clear up! I have to agree though now using one its a little rough.

  5. New HP Flex Display: Plastic Paper « Screenwerk Says:

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  6. Mikel Vanosdel Says:

    I believe I am a little bit aged to figure out this stuff, but i’ll make an attempt to keep up – my apologies for nasty english, i am only German

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