There are so many people in academia. A lot of people who are not in academia also read research papers. And I'm not talking about the formatting part. I'm talking about just looking up research papers on journal websites and reading them on the device in if nothing else then, pdf format. Kindle is small for reading pdf. Sony's digital paper doesn't have a good browsing experience especially for research papers where you'll probably open multiple tabs/papers often. Also, these devices are considerably expensive for students.

  • Just download Adobe's Acrobat Reader to read PDFs... – paul garrett Jul 22 '18 at 23:44
  • I'm talking about an eInk based e-reader device. – Ankur A Sharma Jul 22 '18 at 23:53
  • I understand, but, in effect, I'd ask why you impose that restriction. – paul garrett Jul 22 '18 at 23:58
  • because it's not comfortable to read on a laptop/tablet screen for long and printing and managing a lot of research papers is also not very convenient. – Ankur A Sharma Jul 23 '18 at 0:03
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    I have kept a kindle dx alive for this purpose. It's a great device if you can find one used. – Jonah Benton Jul 23 '18 at 0:36

There are so many people in academia.

This is the crux: there really aren't. The kind of scale necessary to make electronic devices profitable is much larger than academia. There are about 2.5 million graduate students in the US, according to a quick google search. The sony e-reader sold about 800,000 devices and is considered a failure. About 20% of US consumers own an e-reader at all, but they might not like your specific device enough to spend $200 on it (graduate students are poorer than the average consumer, too). The likelihood that a device targeted at such a narrow market would approach anything like the necessary sales is very low.

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