Amazon has been quietly prepping a new e-ink based reader that is similar to the Barnes and Noble Simple Touch with Glowlight. It uses new technology gleaned from a company Amazon bought out last year: Seattle based company Oy Modilis. The company prided itself on being the world leader in light-guide technology. It seems this new product might be delayed due to manufacturing problems with the new front lite screen.
Digitimes is reporting that Amazon has stopped parts in its supply chain for the new Kindle and there is a possibility that orders from Amazon’s electronic paper display provider, E Ink, will be stopped throughout July and August in order to tackle issues with the device’s front light. This may prevent Amazon from shipping of the device until later in the third quarter.
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