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  1. Aslar

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    Ever since Amazon announced the Fire I have been worried that E-Ink technology is not going to be around much longer. Between the Fire, the Nook color and the growing popularity of tablets in general is there going to be a place in the market for E-Ink?
     

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  2. slbailey1

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    I hope not, sometimes I read for 20+ hours at a time. I can't do that without E-Ink and my Kindle. I think Amazon is working on color E-Ink technology.
     
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    I think you will always have some people that will use E-ink type of readers. Color E-ink is a plus.
     
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    No way E-Ink or something similar is dead. I'm with slbailey1 on this, I think there will be a similar replacement technology soon that works with color screens.
     
  5. Aslar

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    If E-Ink keeps advancing then it should be alright. What worries me is that consumers are getting so used to LCD and color fidelity that color E-Ink won't advance fast enough to remain competitive in the market.
     
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    This is a true possibility, I even find myself looking at an E-Ink and immediately perceiving it as not worthy. That's a bad perception to gain, when in reality I know it is much easier to read on.
     
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    For readability there is no comparison in my opinion. But there are plenty of people out there who don't see it that way. One of my co-workers reads all his books on his iPhone! With that you not only have the back lighting causing eye strain you have a small print as well.
     
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    I read a ton of articles on my Nexus S 4G daily and I can attest to the fact that it isn't ideal.
     
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    No I doubt its dead there's still too many people using them and there still alot cheaper
     
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    E-ink is great until there is something similar for reading in direct sunlight with as much ease as e-ink it will not be going anywhere.
     
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    I've never used it before, is it that much better in sunlight?
    I've only ever played with E-Ink devices at like, Target.
     
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    E-Ink is great in sunlight. The down side is that you need a light to read it in a dim or dark room.
     
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    I thought e-ink was hype until I personally saw it for my own two eyes. The great battery life that an e-ink reader offers and it's fantastic readability (is that a word) in sunlight are selling points alone.

    For me the biggest part is that I feel like I'm reading a book and not trying to read on a computer screen!
     
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    I don't think e-ink will die soon. I know many Kindle owners who have looked into iPads, XOOMs, NOOK Colors, etc... and most of them have said that e-ink is dramatically better on the eyes for books, so I believe there will be a market for quite some time.
     
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    I'm not a fan of e-ink since to me it's very hard to read. Must be something with my vision on monochrome screens like e-ink. My eyes just must need more back lighting of the screen than e-ink provides.
     
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    BTW, what ever happened to Pixel-Qi? I know they're still around, but other than the Notion Ink Atom, is there any other device coming out that'll have Pixel-Qi?
     
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    Like others have said, readability still is an probably always will be an issue. As awesome as these ereaders are, I'm not sure I really want to read from a backlit screen all the time.
     
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    it is now caus eyou are absolutely right. e-ink cant be topped... the fire is for a different 'crowd'....
     
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    What happened to the rumors of a hybrid E-Ink and digital color display?
     
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    Honestly, I doubt it's dead. I suspect even with the Kindle Fire, Amazon will still see a ton of sales of the original set - when it comes to a good experience for consuming the written word, there's no real comparison. Kindle Fire isn't any danger of being a "book replacement". Thin sheets of E-Ink such that you could load a chapter at a time... that'd be really awesome to see.
     
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    I agree with most others, e-ink is here for the foreseeable future. Nothing LCD can touch it's battery life and full sunlight visibility.
     
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    I have a Kindle Keyboard device, and plan on getting a tablet as an ADDITIONAL device, but not to replace my e ink Kindle. I love reading on the e ink, love the size, and really LOVE the battery life! For all those reasons, I think e ink deserves to continue to thrive.
     

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