What eReader Feature Would You Like to See in 2018?

What eReader Feature Would You Like to See in 2018? e-Reading Hardware Kindle

2017 was a rather paltry year for new ereaders. Aside from the Remarkable 10.3" writing slate, the one interesting new ereader was the Kindle Oasis 2 with its 7" screen.

Given that the new Oasis has a screen size that Sony pioneered in late 2009 combined with a one-handed design that Pocketbook pioneered (also in 2009), last year was noteworthy less for new ideas than the recycling of old ones.

But 2018 doesn't have to be that way. We are due for either a brand-new Kindle model or a refresh, and since it will be two years since the last new Kobo model, we're bound to see a new device from them as well.

When it comes to new ereaders, what are you looking forward to? Is it the new screen tech from ClearInk?

Me, I am on the edge of my seat with anticipation for the new hardware from Onyx. This Chinese ereader maker is working on a 6.8" ereader as well as a 10.3" model called the Note. Both run Android  6.0, but unfortunately Onyx hasn't even set a firm date to start production, much less ship the new hardware.

The same goes for Onyx's netbook, the Onyx Typewriter. We saw a prototype in April but there's still no firm commitment on the launch day or price.

So what would you like to see in terms of new ereader hardware?

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3 Comments on What eReader Feature Would You Like to See in 2018?

  1. I want to see a device that I wanted to see back in 2009 when it was known as the Courier. What’s more, IMO we’re almost certainly going to see it in 2018.

    The Courier device did exist in 2009, it just hadn’t gone into mass market production and in 2015 the head of their Surface division confirmed that they had a prototype “Surface mini” that he likened to a Moleskine. The Creators Update added the ability to read ebooks in Edge and they stopped dumping money into Windows Phone for a reason, and that reason is apparently code-named Andromeda. A two screen e-ink device suitable for digital note taking and reading ebooks.

    I think 2018 is going to be a good year overall for digital reading because Amazon’s finally going to get a serious challenge on the device front for the first time in many years. I don’t know if they’ll revisit the DX-sized e-reader because the new Sony and Onyx Boox devices show that as much as I’d like that size, it’s still probably not a large portion of the market. But it’s a serious mistake if they don’t include a stylus and handwriting support in the next Kindle e-reader and stop focusing on the Fire.

  2. My main trouble is not with the hardware.

    I’d like to be able to buy any book I want as an e-book. I’m sick and tired of finding out that the book I’m interested in is not available in my region, but I can buy the paperback. That’s BS.

    Extra towering pile of BS. Finding out that one or more of the e-books in a series is not available in my region.

  3. I would die for an Apple ereader. 7 or 8 inches eink display and the casing to be a lot like the ipad pro. ultra thin and in rose gold! I know it will not happlen but would it not be the sexiest ereader ever? It will outsell the oasis I am sure

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