Not content to let Sony be the only company to fail to bring a proper eBook to market, Sharp has shown a prototype eBook reader with a screen that is only 1mm thick — inside the transparent plastic case that is obviously much thicker. Although they don't plan to have the technology in saleable form until 2007, they already have one major leg up on Sony (and I'm not just talking about the color screen); since eBooks have already been a major part of Sharp's Zaurus campaign, their library already has around 7000 titles, compared to Sony's meager 100 or so.
Links, and I wrestle a squid to its death, after the jump.
Of course, until any of these readers allow us to add our own DRM-free eBooks, they will continue to be amusing but frustrating additions — but not replacements — to regular old paper books.
Read - Sharp, liquid crystal paper (Japanese) [Business-iJP via SorobanGeeks]
First User Review of the Sony Librie eBook Reader [Gizmodo]
Sony's Electronic Paper eBook Bound For Greatnesst [Gizmodo]