Assuming the next generation Kindle and Nook stick with E Ink as their display provider, this video highlights what'll be new: Animation and nearly double the contrast ratio.

Shipping to OEMs in the second half of this year, this next generation E Ink display is undoubtedly improved. Even through YouTube compression, one can make out the better contrast.

As for the animation...it's a cute parlor trick. But other than a-ha videos, its use seems crucially limited.

Still, I hope E Ink can find a way to stick around, continue to improve and maybe one day be a technology that offers all the flexibility of LCD. Of course, by then, who knows what the average LCD will be capable of. [RedFerret via Electronista]