New York Times, Others Coming to an e-Reader Near You Soon?

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

While the idea of actually holding onto a newspaper may still be appealing to some, those of us living in the year 2006 may want to give the tradition of reading the morning paper a little bit of an upgrade. Various newspapers, including the financial newspaper De Tijd in Belgium and the New York Times in the United States, are beginning to experiment with making e-paper versions of their newspapers available to subscribers.

Advertisement

The e-paper version would be viewable on devices such as the iLiad E-reader and a forthcoming reader from Sony that is compatible with a new underlying technology that electrically charges embedded ink, causing it to light up or go dark. The e-reader devices, which can only display several shades of gray, should weigh around 13 ounces and can be updated via Wi-Fi connections. The rules of economics still apply and because these devices haven't quite hit it big yet, they'll be a little on the pricey side, running around $400, but they'll also be able to download e-books and podcasts.

One Day Soon, Straphangers May Turn Pages With a Button [New York Times]

DISCUSSION