If you’ve ever read an eBook, you've probably noticed something: they’re all in black and white. But that could change in the coming years as manufacturers race to overcome the many technical challenges faced in switching from black and white to color.
Currently, Fujitsu is the only manufacturer with a color reader. It’s Flepia e-book is only sold in Japan and other manufacturers are finding that overcoming the technical hurdles presented by color—slow refresh rates, inadequate screen size, problems with brightness and poor clarity—is taking longer than they expected.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, says that his Kindle platform is “years away” from a color version.
While Apple is rumored to be working on a touch screen, color reader, it appears that book aficionados will have to wait to enjoy the vivid colors in their favorite books.
Once e-books are available in color, they might include features such as author reviews, links to similar books and even video.