It’s good to be back at my virtual home. (I am a huge dork.) Thanks for the well-wishes — all is well, and I got a chance to see a side of the family that I haven’t seen in years.

Anyway, let’s get to it:

Color eBooks!

Gizmodo announced last week that the Fujitsu FLEPia Color eBook reader is now available. The units will ship in April, and cost $1,000 (about 2.5 times the cost of the Kindle 2.) The FLEPia uses the same e-paper technology as the Kindle, and the memory is expandable with an SD card (unlike the Kindle.) It features a touch screen (like PaperLogic’s device) and uses Wifi. You can read more about the FLEPia on Fujitsu‘s site (link takes you to Google English translation.)

Okay, so obviously for $1,000 you could also get:

2.5 Kindles

3 Sangria red PRS-505 Sony eReaders

142 Crispy Chicken Caesar salads at McDonalds

73.7 paperback editions of WAR AND PEACE


12.3 monthly subway passes [until June 1, when you can only get 9.7 monthly passes if the MTA finance committee votes “yes” today (and again on Wednesday.) GRUMBLE GRUMBLE GRUMBLE MTA!]

BUT, even though the FLEPia is priced out of the reach of the average consumer, it would be wise to think now about how color could enhance a traditional ebook. And, taking it even further, how a touch screen could enhance a color ebook reader. Now, before you start thinking “games on my ebook reader!”, e-paper technology refreshes too slow for anything like that to occur in real time (for now…) But, this does mean that perhaps we’ll see beautiful e-picture books? Or maybe, depending on the resolution, beautiful books on the arts that can reproduce an image as well as the print edition?

Take a look at the FLEPia… what do you guys think?

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