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.
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]