Whether or not we’ll ever see a mainstream ebook reader with a color E Ink screen still remains to be seen, but color E Ink has come a long way in recent years.
Soon after E Ink first introduced their color Triton displays in 2010, a product called the Jetbook Color was released and it was marketed as the first ereader with a color E Ink screen, but the color of the screen turned out being so dull and washed out that it never caught on.
Since then color E Ink has rarely been spoken of in regards to ebook readers.
But now E Ink’s color screens are much more colorful than they used to be, especially their ACeP displays.
So far they haven’t shown much initiative in using them with ereaders, however, but the screens do indeed look a lot better than the old Triton screens.
E Ink is mostly marketing their color screens as digital signs and shelf labels in stores, but lately they’ve been hinting at ereaders and digital notebooks too.
There’s still a chance that color E Ink could one day become a viable option for dedicated reading devices, and given their newer products and the fact that frontlights now exist to help make the colors stand out more, that would seem like more of a possibility than ever before.
Onyx is working on a device for schools that has a color E Ink screen, but with a very limited color palette. Hopefully if things keep progressing maybe someday there will be an option for a color Kindle (and other brands too, of course).