Reading Technology

Illumina XL seeks to light up the e-reader market with greater variety

Amazon’s pioneering Kindle leads among several popular e-readers on the market. But most of them require users to buy e-books from the device manufacturer’s own online store.

Illumina XL is an 8-inch Android-based e-reader that uses e-ink technology just like the Kindle Paperwhite and a few other premium e-readers. But Illumina XL allows its users to select from a wide range of apps, including Kindle, to buy e-books. Unlike most other current e-readers, Illumina XL also supports the MP3 audio format, so users can listen to audio books and music. It’s equipped with a 3.5mm audio jack.


Collighter highlights your textual world in multiple colors

CollighterFor those who still enjoy the feel of a hardcopy book in their hands and hearing the rustle of page turns, Collighter offers a new way of marking those all important places in one’s reading material. High school and college students and their teachers might especially enjoy the idea of having three highlighters combined into one – like those multicolored pens that seem like they’ve been around forever. Perhaps the most glaring drawback here is that if one highlighter gets lost, so will the other two. Nevertheless, for $7 NZD, backers get one product with an anticipated delivery of November 2014.