Amazon has reportedly placed an order for 6-inch color screens from E Ink, suggesting that the company has a brand new eReader in the works. Amazon already offers a whole family of Kindle eReader devices, including the Kindle Fire, which offers a color LCD display, but it has yet to offer a device with a color E Ink screen. DigiTimes reported on the news early Monday morning, citing a report from Economic Daily News, and said shipments of the new eReader could top 3 million units per month.
Barnes & Noble, which offers competing eReader devices such as the Nook and Nook Color, is also rumored to be working on a cheaper 8GB model of its Nook tablet. The device could launch as soon as this week for $199, the same price as the Amazon Kindle Fire.
It’s unclear when Amazon’s color E Ink tablet will hit the market or how much it will cost. We’d be pretty stoked to be able to own a device that has month-long battery life and can serve up our comics in full color. If you’re a Kindle Fire fan, however, you may want to hold out for Amazon’s rumored new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire tablet.