Fifty percent of college students plan to have an eReader next year, reports Britain’s The Independent. The figure in the study, conducted by Alloy Media + Marketing, is in stark contrast to the mere two percent of students who currently own an eBook reader. Such a leap underscores a fast rising demand for eReaders by college students, who the report states plan to spend 13-percent more for school items than in the previous year.

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To date, devices targeted to this group typically have two screens – one for reading and the other for multimedia. However, tastes will differ depending on the consumer. For example, the Alex eReader has primary display that is an 800 x 600 pixel, six-inch eInk screen. It sits above a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD. The LCD has clear-cut color 480 x 320 pixel resolution and is suitable for video playback.

Another student-friendly e-reader is the enTourage eDGe. enTourage went a step further and dubbed its two-screen combination the “dualbook,” presenting a 10.1-inch WXGA resistive touchscreen (1024 x 600) running the Google Android OS (currently v1.6) on one screen and a 9.7-inch eInk display (1200 x 825) on the other.

KnoFinally, the Kno eReader, which claims to have had students directly in mind during its development. The Kno has two 14-inch LCD touchscreens which open and close much like a book. The size of the screens provides students with a large display that is ideal for the reading of textbooks and other school material. This 5.5-pound e-reader aims to do away with excessive scrolling when reading content on its screens.

The poll also found that there will be a 26-percent increase in smartphone ownership among students by the time students return to school.

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