Reviews of the iPad are flooding in from around the world, and one of the features people are most excited about is the device's eReader capabilities and its iBooks store. The iPad differs from most other eReaders currently available in large part because of its color display. Most other eReaders, including the iPad's biggest competitors, Amazon's Kindle and Sony's line of eReaders, use e-ink displays, which are limited to black and white.
Proponents of e-ink herald its ease on the eyes -- they say that staring at an LCD screen for too long can be painful and perhaps lead to eye damage. Others point out the benefits of reading on a color screen; PC World specifically argues that textbooks could be much more effective on a color screen, especially with enabled hyperlinks. The teaching and learning potential is huge.
Meanwhile, other companies are stepping into the color eReader market. At the Taipei International Book Expo this week, Taiwanese companies embraced the color screen in full force, and some U.S. companies are beginning to explore color screen possibilities. Liquavista is working on a kind of color e-ink that they showed off at CES in January. And Blio, a new eReader software, will bring color to eBooks as well.
While Amazon struggles with publishers on eBook pricing, it seems that the world of eBooks is changing around the company that started the eBook craze. Can the Kindle or any of its e-ink brethren stand up to the iPad and the oncoming rush of color displays? Let us know which eReaders you think will last.