InkCase Updates: Extend the use of your InkCase with the all-new widget

More reading time now available for download

E Ink is often advertised as a cool tech that uses zero battery consumption. This is only half true if the E Ink screen is displaying a static image. Today, our new firmware update brings you more battery life.

 

So, what is E Ink? 

Electronic Ink  (E Ink) utilizes the same pigments used in the printing industry. When laminated with plastic and adhered to an electronic board, it creates an Electronic Paper Display (EPD).

 

Two Pigment Ink System

There are millions of microcapsules which contains positively charged white particles and negatively charged particles, suspended in clear fluid. When a positive or negative electric field is being applied, the corresponding particles move to the top of the microcapsule where it becomes visible. This makes the surface appear black or white at that spot. An electrical charge has to be applied to rearrange the pigments on the E Ink screen. This is when the battery is consumed.

All new firmware update

Understanding the above theory, we understand that the key to minimizing battery consumption is to reduce the number of screen refreshes. Our latest firmware update comes with a newly designed clock interface with a 5 minutes buffer. By doing so, the screen now refreshes every 5 minutes instead of 1 minute.

 

Download your latest firmware here.

OAXIS InkCase collaborates with Pocket to provide a ‘Save-for’ and ‘Read-It’ Later experience

OAXIS InkCase collaborates with Pocket to provide a ‘Save-for’ and ‘Read-It’ Later experience for users. You can now save articles on your browser and read it on InkCase. With the E Ink display, E-readers do not need to worry about the heavy power consumption of their gadget or straining their eyes. It can be viewed anywhere and anytime – even offline.

SAVE-FOR-LATER and READ-IT-LATER

Pocket allows people to save interesting articles of their choice from the web for later enjoyment. The list of content can be synced from your phone to the InkCase for reading it on-the-go. Accessible no matter where you are and at any time of the day, this combination allows E-readers to enjoy their reads conveniently with offline viewing.

READING ON THE GO

The snugly InkCase that fits your palm has officially integrated Pocket’s Logo on its UI. This allows for easy and conducive reading during your daily commute on the bus and subway. If not, the anti-glare formulated screen also gives you the green light to read a book by the beach while it absorbs the sun rays and reduces reflection.

DESIGNED FOR iPhone 7 & iPhone 8, iPhone 7 PLUS & iPhone 8 PLUS

Oaxis is selling its InkCase i7 Plus officially on its website. It is designed for iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus but it also fits iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus.

Other features of the InkCase:

  • 9H Anti-Scratch Screen
  • Shock Resistant
  • 5 Days Battery Life
  • Waterproof (for Plus series)
  • E-Ink CARTA 1.2 (for Plus series)
  • Lightweight
  • Large Screen
  • Ultra Thin
  • Push News
  • Customisable Widget
  • Ebook Reading

BRAND NEW PERSONALISED FUNCTION

The InkCase i7 Plus has a self-learning algorithm that automatically pushes news to you based on your reading habits. You can now choose to like the news that is recommended to you and your InkCase will automatically sync articles of the same genre. This hassle-free function allows you to get a personalized news feed on your InkCase for better reading experience.

SUCCESSFUL KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

The official launch of InkCase i7 Plus on Kickstarter was achieved with a campaign page that focuses on testimonials which includes a YouTube video by ‘Unbox Therapy’ featuring the InkCase with the title “This Might Be The Coolest iPhone Case Ever…” which has more than a million views.  You can view the video here: The InkCases were successfully shipped out to backers of the various support tiers while the limited RED color version will be delivered in October 2017.

This product is available on https://shop.oaxis.com/collections/all-products/products/inkcase-i7-plus at a retail price of $149.

Ereader or tablet: Which one should you get?

E-reader vs Tablet - pros and cons

Ereader VS tablet – the dilemma every e-book reader faces. To the layman, perhaps there is little difference not only in appearance but also in function. Yet there are several important distinctions between the two that may just make a world of difference.

Display

Ereader and iPad held together to show the difference in screen glare under bright conditions.
The iPad has significant screen glare as compared to an Ereader in sunlight.

E-readers use E Ink which only allows for a black and white display and is unable to play any video. Moreover since e-readers’ screens are not backlit, they are relatively harder to use in darker conditions.

That being said, the newer E Ink readers like the Kindle Paperwhite now come with an integrated light which shines onto the front of the screen, making it easy to use in the dark. The screen also won’t be as bright as an LCD screen, allowing users to use it before bedtime without waking someone sleeping next to them. So go ahead and tuck yourself in for some comfy bedtime reading!

Tablets, on the other hand, have full colour display and are able to play video. The display is also backlit, giving tablets an edge over e-readers in terms of nighttime reading. When it comes to daytime though, the e-reader wins hands down with its matte screen giving off no glare at all and appearing as clear as an actual printed page whereas the tablet’s screen tends to be glossy, especially iPads, making it difficult to read under the sun even after adjusting the screen brightness to maximum.

In terms of eyestrain, the e-reader once again takes the prize due to the lack of glare and backlight, making the E Ink screen a lot easier on the eyes than the LCD screen which is relatively harsher especially because of blue light emission.

Power Consumption

Picture of the front and back of Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite

We’ve all had our fair shares of days where your phone dies on you on your long commute home and you’re stuck staring out of the window. Mobile devices are notorious for their battery-sapping LCD screens. One of the major draws for e-readers is the low power consumption of E Ink screens. An e-reader can go for weeks and even months without recharging whereas a tablet has to be charged once every few days at the very least. The Kindle Paperwhite, for instance, apparently has up to 8-week battery life while the iPad mini with Retina display is advertised as having a maximum 10 hours of battery life. The high power consumption of the tablet is further exacerbated by the necessary increase in screen brightness to read under the sun.

Price

Price is probably one of the most important factors in your choice. The e-reader is significantly cheaper – $119 for a Kindle Paperwhite while a tablet generally costs more despite a wide price range – $400 for an iPad Mini with Retina Display to $229 for a Nexus 7. However we must keep in mind that the tablet has many other functions which justify the relatively steeper price.

Weight and Size

The average weight of a 6-inch e-reader is approximately 6 oz(170g) while a 7-inch tablet weighs about 13.5 oz(385g). While it may not seem like much on paper, keep in mind that you’ll be holding it for prolonged periods. A bigger screen may not be the best idea, especially if you plan on reading during your commute. In fact, there has been an increasing call for smaller ereaders in recent years and the market has started to respond accordingly with products such as the Kobo Mini and the Inkcase which allows users to transform their phones into e-readers, minimising the need for an additional reading device.

InkCase i7
The InkCase adds a secondary screen to your phone with no extra bulk.

Additional Features

The e-reader is notably lacking in terms of bells and whistles as it’s a single-purpose device designed specifically for reading. Some e-readers have 3G/WiFi and email capability but generally using e-readers for web browsing is tedious and slow. The user has to navigate with only the arrow keys and page rendering is comparatively much slower. This allows for a distraction-free reading experience as compared to using a tablet to read. The tablet, on the other hand, is essentially a larger smartphone and is much more versatile functionally. With 3G/WiFi capability, media playback, apps and much more, the tablet is definitely the choice for people looking for an all-in-one device.

Both the e-reader and the tablet have their pros and cons. Ultimately, it depends on what the user’s needs are and what they are looking for. If you’re looking for a device solely for reading, then the e-reader is definitely your answer! However, if you’d rather have a much more versatile device capable of Internet surfing, go for the tablet.

 

See also: LCD screens: Shedding light on the damage done

The ABCs of E-Reading

New Devices Are Changing Habits. People Are Reading More, Even While in a Kayak

 

People who buy e-readers tend to spend more time than ever with their nose in a book, preliminary research shows.

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A study of 1,200 e-reader owners by Marketing and Research Resources Inc. found that 40% said they now read more than they did with print books. Of those surveyed, 58% said they read about the same as before while 2% said they read less than before. And 55% of the respondents in the May study, paid for by e-reader maker Sony Corp., thought they’d use the device to read even more books in the future. The study looked at owners of three devices: Amazon.comInc.’s Kindle, Apple Inc.’s iPad and the Sony Reader.

While e-readers are still a niche product just beginning to spread beyond early adopters, these new reading experiences are a big departure from the direction U.S. reading habits have been heading. A 2007 study by the National Endowment for the Arts caused a furor when it reported Americans are spending less time reading books. About half of all Americans ages 18 to 24 read no books

People who buy e-readers tend to spend more time than ever with their nose in a book, preliminary research shows. Simon Constable and Marie Baca discuss.

for pleasure, it found.

Some 11 million Americans are expected to own at least one digital reading gadget by the end of September, estimates Forrester Research. U.S. e-book sales grew 183% in the first half of this year compared with the year-earlier period, according to the Association of American Publishers.

COMPARING THE E-READERS

Take a closer look at the Kindle, Nook and iPad

Among early adopters, e-books aren’t replacing their old book habits, but adding to them. Amazon, the biggest seller of e-books, says its customers buy 3.3 times as many books after buying a Kindle, a figure that has accelerated in the past year as prices for the device fell.

It’s too early to tell the reading lift will sustain after the novelty of the gadgets wears off, and the devices go mass market. But because e-book gadgets are portable, people report they’re reading more and at times when a book isn’t normally an option: on a smartphone in the doctor’s waiting room; through a Ziploc-bag-clad Kindle in a hot tub, or on a treadmill with a Sony Reader’s fonts set to jumbo. Among commuters, e-readers are starting to catch up with BlackBerrys as the preferred companions on trains and buses.

Since getting her Kindle last year, Leslie Johnson has been reading more often and in more places—like on a kayak. On a recent trip, the 34-year-old engineer from Albany, N.Y., settled into a science-fiction novel while her husband fished. “I put it in a waterproof cover,” she says.

A Writer’s View

Mystery and thriller author Michael Connelly says he has about 30 e-books on his Kindle, Sony Reader and iPad, though he also still reads print books because he gets so many samples from his publisher.

“I will never stop loving the printed book,” Mr. Connelly says. Yet, “I am very interested in this world. E-books are here to stay.” He adds, “There is the advantage of being able to carry multiple things. I travel a lot—believe me, I notice the weight.”

The first consumer e-books, which were released in the 1990s, failed to catch on among consumers who were stuck reading them on computers or tiny cellphone screens.

The Pace of Reading

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People who buy e-readers tend to spend more time than ever with their nose in a book, preliminary research shows. Simon Constable and Marie Baca discuss.

Earlier this summer,Jakob Nielsen, a Silicon Valley researcher who has studied how people interact with technology for more than two decades, recruited 32 volunteers and asked them to read short stories by Ernest Hemingway in print, on an iPad and the Kindle. Mr. Nielsen timed how long it took them to read a story on each device. Compared with print, iPad readers were 6.2% slower and Kindle readers were 10.7% slower, though the difference between the iPad and Kindle results wasn’t statistically significant. Mr. Nielsen suspects the slowdown is caused by the screen technology in the devices, which is still less sharp than print.

“Both devices give you a more relaxed feeling as opposed to a computer,” said Mr. Nielsen, who runs research firm Nielsen Norman Group along with former Apple researcher Donald Norman.

THE FUTURE OF THE BOOK

  • 51% of e-reader owners increased their purchases of e-books in the past year. Source: Book Industry Study Group survey
  • 9% of consumers increased their purchases of hardcover books in the past year. Source: Book Industry Study Group survey.
  • 2.6 Average number of books read by e-reader owners in a month. Source: Marketing and Research Resources
  • 1.9 Average number of books read by print-book readers in a month. Source: Marketing and Research Resources
  • 176% Increase in U.S. electronic-book sales in 2009. Source: Association of American Publishers
  • 1.8% Decrease in U.S. book sales in 2009 from a year earlier. Source: Association of American Publishers
  • 86% of e-reader owners read on their device more than once a week. Source: Marketing and Research Resources
  • 51% of e-reader owners read on their device on a daily basis. Source: Marketing and Research Resources

In creating the Kindle, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, says he set out to develop technology that could encourage long-form reading, instead of just snippets.

“Everything is about getting the device to disappear so that you can enter the author’s world,” he said in a recent interview. “A nightmare scenario for me would be if this device would ever beep at me while I’m reading.”

Gender Gap Narrows

E-readers also appear to be narrowing the gap in how men and women read. A study, released this month by the Book Industry Study Group Inc. found that men are bigger consumers of e-books than women by a narrow margin. Among e-book buyers, 52% were men compared with 48% for women—a reversal of print books, where women buy more.

E-reader users also say that 52% of their e-books were ones they purchased, while 48% of their e-books were free because they were sample giveaways or out-of-copyright.

Libraries are expanding services that let patrons virtually “check out” an e-book through the Internet, with e-book files that automatically lock down after the end of the loan period. According to the American Library Association, 66% of libraries offered e-book loans, up from just 38% in 2005.

The most checked-out adult fiction e-book at libraries is Stieg Larsson’s bestseller, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” according to Overdrive, a company that provides e-book loans for more than 11,000 libraries. The same is true at Amazon, the largest e-bookstore online, where Mr. Larsson also tops e-book bestseller lists.

There are some aspects of reading a print book that e-readers still haven’t been able to re-create. Digital locks on e-books make it harder to lend a book to a friend, though free works are being shared much more rapidly online than ever before. Scribd.com, a social publishing and reading website, is used to share books and documents about 10 million times each month, the company says.

 

Page numbers are a problem for e-books, since the number of words on a virtual page depends on the size of the screen and type. Pages may be antiquated, but they’re very helpful for making sure reading-club participants or students in a classroom are all on the same page. No page numbers also means there’s no skipping ahead to sneak a peek at a page near the end of a book. Most e-readers have tried to replace page numbers by showing the percentage of the book read.

Range of Features

Technology has brought a range of features to books that wouldn’t be possible in print. Children’s author Lynley Dodd sells a title from her “Hairy Maclary” series as an app for the iPad. It lets parents or kids record themselves reading the book aloud, and a paint function lets kids color the original drawings themselves.

With an e-reader, readers can hold and turn pages with just one hand. Some readers hail how the devices can become large-type books with the click of a few buttons—and back-lit devices like the iPad work in bed even when the lights are off. Free sample chapters, common on most online stores, make it easier to try out—and potentially give up on—books before committing to a 400-page tome.

But paper pages do have one benefit that electronic devices don’t have: They don’t need to be put away during takeoff and landing on airplanes. On a recent trip to Seattle, 64-year-old Jamie McKenzie, a Bellingham, Wash.-based writer, said he felt a sense of superiority when his seatmate was asked to turn off his Kindle to prepare for takeoff.

“That guy may have had access to 10,000 books, but I was the one who was able to keep reading,” he says.

Write to Geoffrey A. Fowler at [email protected]

Corrections & Amplifications

U.S. electronic-book sales increased 176% in 2009, while total book sales in the U.S. fell 1.8%, according to the Association of American Publishers. Of individuals who own e-readers, 86% read on their device more than once a week, and 51% read on their device daily, according to Marketing & Research Resources Inc. In a previous version of this article, the chart incorrectly reported the numbers, showing that e-book sales rose 1.8%, total book sales fell 51% and that among e-reader owners, 86% use their device daily and 176% read on their device more than once a week.

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703846604575448093175758872

Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Buy an eReader!

1. eReaders do not strain your eyes

eReaders can solve this problem: Spending long hours in front of a computer can cause repetitive strain injury (RSI) often inherent from direct glare where the light shines directly into your eyes. To prevent eye strains, experts recommends 30 minutes rest every 2 hours of computer usage.
On the other hand, e-ink is neutral. It does not emit light nor does it cause glares. Essentially, an eReader like the InkCase i6 does not obligate you to rest your eye at all!

2. It is light. Very light.

One of my travel essentials is a book, sometimes two if I am travelling for an extended period. An average eReader weighs in at 150g to 200g with a thickness of approximately 100 pages. Compare that to what I used to lug around – a Harry Potter book which weighs approximately 1.1kg and 600 pages thick. It is no wonder I never looked back to using a physical book anymore.

3. Never miss a bookmark

“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living” – Jonathan Safran Foer.
This beautiful literature quote would have otherwise been lost if not for the bookmark and search function of an eReader.
An eReader quickly and effortlessly lets you save pages, sentences or words only to be referred back with a simple search.

4. It cuts down on clutter

Hundreds of books used to stack on my study shelves. That all disappeared in 2009 when I bought myself an eReader. Typically, an eReader like the Kindle can hold approximately 3500 eBooks which allowed me to clear out the books sitting on the shelves.