Skip to content


There are readers who haven’t picked up a book in over a decade. What made the e-reader possible was electronic ink. Also known as electronic paper, this display technology has been developed for decades. An e-ink screen consists of microscopic capsules of dark and light pigments placed on a grid, the light pigment positively charged and the dark pigment negatively charged. Apply a positive charge to the grid square and a particle of light rises to the surface and vice versa.

The advantages of E-ink over “traditional” display technologies such as LED, TFT and LCD are many. For starters, it uses minimal power because the display doesn’t emit light. Without power, the dark pixels simply stay in place, leaving the text or image on the screen. It was a game changer for readers. eye strain is a thing of the past because, while e-ink isn’t particularly responsive (making quick changes between images and layouts impossible), it’s perfect for text.

Amazon Kindle Scribe 2022

Amazon Kindle Scribe, 2022

(Image credit: Amazon)

The new Kindle Scribe is the latest and most beloved version of Amazon’s own brand of e-readers. For the first time, Kindle is available with a stylus, which greatly increases the functionality and flexibility of the device. Kindle Scribe is primarily about books and won’t be very useful unless you’re dealing with an Amazon subscription of some kind. However, even a premium Kindle Unlimited subscription isn’t an open gateway to the world’s printed matter, and there’s still plenty of content that needs to be paid for separately.

Confusingly, Unlimited gives you access to some, but not all, of the extensive Audible library (pair the device with Bluetooth headphones to listen to audiobooks), as well as a limited collection of magazines. They are published as “Kindle editions”, which not only have to make the most of the black and white screen, but also lose their character and readability when the text is presented in large, unbroken chunks.

A page of text in Amazon Kindle Scribe

Amazon Kindle Scribe, 2022

(Image credit: Amazon)

As with all ebooks, formatting can be an issue (typewriters and graphic designers will die), especially if you’re playing with 14 levels of font size. The flood of self-published books that followed the launch of the Kindle (through Kindle Direct Publishing) further degraded the art of book design. That being said, the Kindle has been a boon for the voracious reader, especially those who are less concerned with the physicality of a book and more with its content. The backlight means you can read in the dark and you can also adjust the ‘warmth’ of the display.

The Scribe’s Premium stylus is a pleasure to use and glides across the surface of the tablet. The notebook feature lets you create custom workbooks with lined templates for diaries, notes, and more. Innovation isn’t Amazon as e-ink pen typing tablets start to proliferate. Right now we’re regular users of the excellent reMarkable 2, and there’s also the Boox NoteAir2 app to consider.

A pair of Amazon Kindle Scribe 2022 on a white surface

Amazon Kindle Scribe, 2022

(Image credit: Amazon)



Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *