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What’s To Love about ePaper?

Posted by Carolyn Tusinski on 2022-11-01

Spoiler alert – I am a compensated spokesperson (employee) of E Ink. My bias is clear. I’m not asking you to trust my opinion – but maybe an objective source?

I get that it’s pricey to juggle various tech. Look at all we do on our phones – late night Amazon sprees, look up our exes, pay bills, TikTok & Facebook Reels into the wee hours. But it makes sense to use tech as it was intended – Review Geek promoted this premise - Stop Using Your Tablet Like an eReader – and listed the reasons.


Why ePaper?

Readability - Easier on the eyes

While reading with inadequate lighting can cause headaches, the article points out that reading LCD screens in bright sunlight and screen glare reduce readability – and can cause eye strain, specifically, headaches.

Amazon Oasis Oct 2022
Amazon Kindle Oasis. Image credit: Amazon


Battery Life – Read On!

ePaper is bistable – only requires power to update to the next page. Unlike LCDs, which use backlights at all times so you can see the image, eReaders use a fraction of that energy for small frontlights as needed in dark lighting. In bright or moderate light conditions – ePaper is reflective, just like paper. The ambient light is enough to ensure readability. I’ll take a few weeks between charges over three times a week for an LCD tablet.

Bonus – no distractions. On a tablet, email is a click away. And browsers, and games, and the entire Internet. Not so with eReaders using ePaper displays. Focus, focus, focus.


No deforestation, no waste – just add more titles to your library. Long battery life and long device life add to the sustainability quotient.


ePaper is Just the Start

It’s a good start, but not all that is good is about ePaper displays. The real gravy is when the manufacturers build in even more features – like translation links, bookmarking, send a section to email, eNote writing capability, OCR capability – some manufacturers support Android apps.


Amazon export notes Oct 2022
Image credit: Amazon


What about color?

Yes, what about color? Several color eReaders and phones are available. The color gets better with every generation. Comparison of E Ink Gallery to newest version of E Ink Gallery Plus below:


Gallery 3 comparison Nov 2022
Image credit: E Ink


Bonus Track –Fun Projects

Make Use Of describes projects using Digital Paper. Stream Reddit content, sport a Digital Paper watch, check cryptocurrency values, even monitor your beer brewing process. Take a look!


beer fermentation Oct 2022
Image credit: HACKADAY.IO


What would you create with Digital Paper? Drop us a line!



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