Skiff Takes E-Readers to New Territory: Flexible Screens

By Peter Pachal
|  Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 PM PDT
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Skiff Takes E-Readers to New Territory: Flexible Screens

Bend much?

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The Skiff e-reader, unveiled Wednesday at CES, has a special feature that will appeal to newspaper and magazine junkies: a flexible screen.

The Skiff is just a quarter of an inch thick, and its E Ink has no glass — in its place is a foil material that's both durable and bendy. It doesn't hurt that the display is huge, measuring 11.5 inches diagonal with 1,200 x 1,600-pixel resolution.

The Skiff gets content via Sprint's 3G wireless network, but it'll also work over Wi-Fi. Skiff is owned by Hearst, so you'll at least be able to get Good Housekeeping when the e-reader becomes available later this year. No price yet.

The Skiff honestly can't come fast enough for us. We've been saying for years that periodicals are the true e-reader market, and having a big, flexible screen is a huge step in that direction. Now if only it would display color we'd really have something here.

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