Video: Bookeen Demos Video Playback on E-Ink Screen

In Tech Digest by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

E-ink isn’t just for text anymore, as Paris-based e-reader manufacturer Bookeen proved earlier this month. Bookeen’s R&D department has figured out how to play smooth-motion video on an e-ink display, as demonstrated in the video below (via Password Incorrect).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24srQXX81Oc

E-Ink Info reports that the setup you see in the video was created using Bookeen’s own software along with components that are available on the market already.

Integrating video and animation into the e-ink devices could be a boon for a number of different players in the e-reading ecosystem. Readers would get a fuller experience without having to migrate to a tablet PC. For publishers, it means they can integrate rich content into more e-books with fewer device compatibility issues.

I interviewed Bookeen co-founder Laurent Picard at CES this year, who said that Bookeen is is the second most popular reading device maker in Europe behind Sony. Bookeen currently offers a larger, full-featured reader call the Cybook Orizon — which was launched this year at CES — as well as a small, lightweight reader call the Cybook Opus.

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Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.