So, I thought it might be useful to update on my progress with the Bebook. I have finished one novel on the device and I’m happy to report that it is a comfortable device to work with. Reading is easy, navigating is easy. In fact when you have to put the book down, whether you like it or not (!), you don’t lose your place. There’s no fumbling with bookmarks or worries about losing your page. You simply close the book and open it again when you’re ready to pick up where you left off. Simple. If you want to read something else for a while, the device remembers where you were in your previous book. You don’t need to find your page again, the device remembers it for you.
E-ink is a relatively new technology that delivers on the promise of an electronic equivalent for paper. E-ink is deployed in high resolution active matrix displays – these are commonly called electronic paper displays or EPDs. The thing that distinguishes e-ink from flat screen technologies that you find in desktop and laptop computers is that e-ink has no requirement for the image to be back lit. This means it consumes much less power and can be read in bright sunlight. For all intents and purposes it really does resemble paper – the only difference is it the page can be refreshed with new data – so it still needs electricity, but only to turn the page. Continue reading