The particular set of performance advantages that E Ink displays have over LCD displays, result in E Ink displays being used certain for types of applications, namely ebook reading, and not for other popular applications, such video and game playing, which require color and fast refresh of the display. As a result associated component on an E Ink device tend to have modest platform demands e.g. processing, data storage, and battery capacity for powering the display.
LCD displays on the other hand are capable of displaying color moving images, resulting in interactive and video applications, which have relatively high platform demands. Although these high performance devices are easily capable of facilitating ebook reading, the device and component performances are sized for the most demanding applications resulting in not only in high cost, but also compromisation of mass, battery life, and display quality.
Therefore, for cost conscious users who do not require extra functions that have little to do with book reading. Libraries and colleges could minimize the cost of purchasing eReaders if they select the cheaper E-Ink based option, without reducing the readers’ experience. More focussed application of E Ink readers could actually be an advantage as it could help to minimize distraction, misuse and theft.