While 2023 was kind of a disappointing year for new ereaders, unless you’re a fan of color E Ink, things are bound to get more interesting in 2024, hopefully a lot more interesting.
Amazon didn’t release any new Kindles in 2023 so they’ll most likely release something new at some point this year, especially with the Paperwhite turning three years old in October—which they tend to refresh every three years. Hopefully they’ll release a follow-up to the Oasis or perhaps a mini Scribe, but with Amazon you never really know what they’re going to do—they just might do absolutely nothing, again.
Kobo now has two new models on the horizon, according to recent FCC filings, so that’s something to look forward to later this year. They’ll most likely release a new entry-level model, as their current one is majorly overdue for a refresh, but the other model could be just about anything.
We’re still waiting for someone other than Amazon to release a 10-inch device with a 300 ppi screen like the Kindle Scribe. There are a few 10-inch color models with 300 ppi, but not traditional black and white E Ink, which has better contrast without blasting the frontlight.
If history is any indication, Onyx will probably release about ten different Boox models this year, as they seem to do every year. They’re always pushing things forward, but they also rarely stick with anything for longer than 6-12 months so their product catalog is always in a state of flux.
Nonetheless, I’m hoping for a Palma Lite for reading on the go during summer. The current Boox Palma is too expensive and I don’t need a ridiculous 128GB of storage space on mini E Ink ereader—that would make sense if it were an actual phone instead of just looking like one.
E Ink has developed new Carta 1300 screens that are supposed to be faster and have better contrast than current Carta 1200 screens, so hopefully some newer devices will feature upgrades screens. However, E Ink’s improvements are usually more hype than substance (the Kindle Voyage’s screen from 2014 still looks better than newer screens so how do they explain that?).
I also think there’s a chance color E Ink could become more mainstream this year. The latest Kaleido 3 screens from E Ink are surprisingly decent if you don’t mind a darker screen. Maybe a color Kobo or color Nook could shake things up. Amazon probably won’t release a color Kindle because that would require innovation and effort, but maybe in five years after everyone else has done it.
So what new ereaders are you looking forward to in 2024?