Originally Posted by nogle
Or this could indicate that current designs now meet all the needs of consumers as a book replacement. In essence then, the e-reader itself is now a commodity - all brands being more or less equal. Competition will move to content.
I think there's plenty of scope for innovation.
The display contrast on current e-readers is not as good as ink on paper, so there's plenty of room for improvement.
The standard 6-inch screen size is smaller than a paperback book page and shows less text. Give us more screen and less wasted bezel!
The lack of color is disappointing for book covers and internal illustrations, and for comics. Color e-ink displays are in the pipeline, but not here yet.
The latest Kindle is moving to a more responsive capacitive-touch screen instead of IR, and all the new phones have a much wider suite of touch gestures (the new BlackBerry 10 OS is especially interesting).
Sony and Kindle have audio, but they haven't made use of it for voice controls (like Apple's Siri or Google's voice search). They support text-to-speech, but it needs a lot of improvement.
You can't zoom in book illustrations like maps and pan around currently.
Could you make a folding e-ink display so you could close it like a book?