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Amazon likely to ship color Kindles this year, report says

Digitimes claims Amazon will probably ship color-screen e-readers in the second half of this year. Make of that what you will.

Coming soon in color? David Carnoy/CNET

Back in 2009, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos disappointed those dreaming of a color-screen Kindle by saying such a gadget was "multiple years" away. Well, if industry sources cited by Digitimes are correct, "multiple" might actually only be "three."

Digitimes reported today that Amazon is likely to launch color e-readers in the second half of this very year. The publication bases its projection on "industry sources" who say makers in the supply chain will begin shipping related components this month. Said Digitimes:

Amazon's new color e-book readers will be built with multitouch capacitive touch panels instead of infrared touch panels used in the previous mono-color e-book readers, the sources noted.

Digitimes further reports that Amazon will probably use color display panels from E Ink, and that a touch panel maker named TPK Holding has received orders for touch modules for the color readers.

Asked about the coming of a color-screen Kindle in 2009, Bezos said, "I've seen the color displays in the laboratory, and I can assure you they're not ready for prime time." Or are they? Digitimes isn't known as the most reliable rumor monger on the block, so you might not want to make retirement plans for your mono-color e-reader just yet.

(Via BGR)