Over the course of the past few years e-readers have been enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Companies are taking more design risks and small startups are enjoy robust sales for very niche devices. Some of the most notable new e-readers that have been enjoying massive success are the Remarkable, Sony DPT-RP1, Onyx Boox Note and Kindle Oasis 2. In 2018 there is going to be a slew of new digital readers that will be released in all shapes and sizes, here is everything you need to know.
The eOnebook was made in Japan by Progress Technologies and it features two 7.2 inch screens that open and close like a real book. The company had a very successful Kickstarter campaign and it will be released in Japan this summer and worldwide later this year.
Each eOnebook will come with an entire manga library, the first edition has the entire series of Fist of the North Star. Progress told me that they are working on five other manga series and talking with some major publishers to get more content. Each e-reader is preloaded with a single manga series and you cannot sideload any other content.
The Sony Digital Paper DPT-Cp1 is a new 10.3 inch e-reader and digital note taking device and it is going to be available to purchase on the Sony Japan website in June and the US a few months later. The DPT-Cp1 features an E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1872×1404 with 227 PPI. It has a capacitive layer for touchscreen interactions and also one for the stylus to take notes and write on PDF files and it supports A5 documents.
Underneath the hood is a Marvell (R) IAP 140 64-bit Quad-core IoT Applications Processor, 16GB of internal storage, WIFI and Bluetooth 4.2. The dimensions are 174.2 × 243.5 × 5.9 mm and it weighs approximately 240 g.
There is no word yet on US pricing, but it should be at least $100 cheaper than the DPT-RP1, which is a 13.3 inch e-reader and retails for around $699 USD.
The InkBook Infinity is the most compelling device that Artatech has ever developed. They are putting in a ton of effort into the industrial design process to make it stand out from their immediate competition.
The Infinity features a 10.3 inch E-Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1872×1404 and 267 PPI. It will have a color temperature front-lite screen with around 19 LED lights. This will allow you to read in the dark with a brilliant clarity or you can mute the white light into various degrees of orange. They are also developing a dedicated stylus pen that will turn the Infinity into a dedicated note taking device.
Underneath the hood will be a 1GHZ i.MX6SL with REGAL, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and SD support for an additional 32GB. This will be the second e-reader on the market with USB-C support and it will have a 3000 mAh battery, which will give you about a week of non-stop use and running apps all the time.
This e-reader will likely be released this summer and the pricing is unknown.
Kobo has developed a new e-reader called the Clara HD and the product should be released sometime next month. This device just hit the FCC and the official specs are embargoed, which is what Kobo normally does when they are about to release something new.
Clara is an internal codename and the final product will have another name. It is unknown what this device actually is. I believe that it is the Mini 2, which will retail for under $60 and will assist Kobo in selling a lot of e-readers in Walmart stores in the United States.
It is currently unknown what new e-readers Amazon will be releasing in 2018. The Paperwhite, Kindle Basic came out in 2015 and the Kindle Voyage all came out in 2014. The Voyage has been experiencing stock shortages in Canada and the US for the first four months of 2018.
I believe that Amazon will release a new Kindle Basic model that scraps the E-Ink Pearl screen and uses E-Ink Carta for faster page turns and better resolution. A new Paperwhite is also likely, since Amazon needs this product to be compatible with their new Audible audiobook experience and work with Bluetooth headphones. It is unlikely a second generation Voyage will be released, as it would cannibalize the sales of the Kindle Oasis 2.
**This post will be updated as new products are announced or applications hit the FCC**
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.