Newsboy Color eReader Design Concept

I found a couple old concept videos over the weekend, and I thought it would be interesting to see how much has changed.

The Newsboy was originally conceived in late 2008. It was supposed to be a flexible tablet/ereader with a color E-ink screen. It was designed by Propeller, a Swedish  firm, in partnership with Halmstad University (Media IT), SVID, and the Swedish Newspapers’ Association as a part of the European project Diginews.

Aside from the flexible screen, there’s nothing in the videos that would surprise us these days. Active email notifications? Old hat. Location aware ads? That was doable in 2009. Browsing the web when you should be working? Guilty as charged.

Still, it’s interesting to see how much they got right. About the only detail wrong in the videos is the flexible screen. As great as the idea was, it didn’t survive the iPad. And now that everyone is used to carrying around a 10″ tablet, I’m not sure that we will ever see it.

If anyone wants to give me a Newsboy, I won’t turn it down.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. […] they lost interest in anything that could fold up.The NewsBoy concept device that I showed you last week, for example, probably wouldn’t have much of a market now. /**/ Tags:No Comments so far […]


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