Shades of Minority Report: Esquire magazine in the US is planning on printing 100,000 copies of its October 2008 edition with a front cover made of electronic paper. E-Commerce Times reports that, “E Ink, an electronic paper developer, has taken the technology it used in devices such as the Amazon Kindle and Sony eReader to develop a version of the technology for use on the Esquire cover.
“The resulting cover, hitting newsstands in September, will feature words and images that scroll across the flexible electronic page. In addition, the inside cover will offer readers their first e-paper advertisement, with automaker Ford pitching its new Flex vehicle in a double-page ad.”
An E Ink spokesperson said that it will be many years before the price of e-paper is even close to that of paper made from trees, but that in the future, one sheet of electronic paper could contain the contents of not just one magazine, but several.