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Modern incarnations of the book

23 October 2011 / 21:10:22  GRReporter
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Ivan Petkov

With the advent of television in the last century, but especially with the widespread access to the Internet in recent years, the book seemed to give way to much more exciting and interactive entertainment, including three-dimensional technology, combining all types of media - text, sound and picture, but with the emergence of devices such as tablets and smartphones - handling everything listed with fingers.

But wait, do not rush to check off the good old book! It also undergoes its evolution, its transformation and synchronization with modern technology! If you are an avid reader, but have never heard of the e-book, there is much to catch up. These devices are not new, nor are unavailable. Even on our latitudes, you can see someone reading an e-book on the tram, bus, on the beach, pool or when drinking their morning coffee at a favorite café. E-books are files in a specific format, which can save text and image by resembling its original parent - the traditional book. E-readers of electronic books are even lighter devices with not very large screen - 6 or 7 inches diagonal (approximately 15 or 18 cm) and most often they use technology called e-ink - electronic ink which allow the display of letters and illustrations from the books. The advantage of e-ink is that it is very economical for the battery, making e-books very durable and they give the owner up to 200 hours of reading time. Moreover, the lack of active lighting on the screen spares the eye. The disadvantage is that the illustrations are black and white or rather in shades of gray. Of course, technology does not stand in one place and currently developing are active color screens which will combine the advantages of e-ink, but at the same time will transmit also color. Many e-book readers come with the option of listening music, and some offer even Internet browsing.

The emergence of tablets made many market watchers of such technological products to wonder whether the new devices, which combine much more functionality, including the ability to read e-books, will replace the traditional e- reader. In order to keep pace with technological developments, the giant in selling e-books, Amazon, recently released its tablet under their very popular brand Kindle - Kindle Fire. Before them the big publishing house Barnes & Noble released its tablet Nook Color. The race was joined also by the Canadians and the chain bookstores Kobo, with their Kobo Vox. For the curious and technical knowledgeable readers, we provide a table of technical characteristics of the three electronic readers:







Kindle Fire

Kobo Vox

Nook Color

Screen type



IPS technology

AFFS+ Multi-Touch

89° wide viewing angle


IPS technology

Screen size

7" Vibrant Color

diagonal display

7" Vivid

diagonal display

7" LG VividView™

diagonal display



1024 x 600 pixels

(169 pixels / inch)

1024 x 600 pixels

(169 pixels / inch)

1024 x 600 pixels

(169 pixels / inch)


16 million colors

16 million colors

16 million colors


190 x 120 x 11.4mm

192 x 128 x 13mm

205 x 127 x 12.2mm


412.80 gr. (14.56 ounces)

402.50 gr. (14.2 ounces)

448.50 gr. (15.80 ounces)


Dual coreTI OMAP 4

(clock speed 1.2 GHz)

Freescale iMX51

ARM Cortex A-8 (800 MHz)

Tags: ebook new technology Kindle Amazon Kobbo Android Vox
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