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Where to buy e-ink/e-paper screens? Answered

I want to build a project that could really benefit from epaper.  Is there a source for e-ink displays and driver chips?  This is a relativley new technology and I couldn't find much short of thousands of dollars.

BTW, I'm proficient at electronics, so it's not like I'm looking for some kit to hook up to my arduino or anything :P  I'm looking for the raw stuff.


Hey how did you go finding E-paper sources?

There is this site:


Those are very expensive however.

Another option is Alibaba again


I would be interested in ripping out an
Android phone screen and putting an E-paper in instead if possible.


You can find one at sparkfun http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10150
There is even a tutorial over at bildr.org how to use it with Arduino.


I'am looking for e-paper too, (but I'm actually looking for something that I could hook up to an arduino) I couldn't find it either (apart from that stupid Esquire cover)
btw that e-ink kit is $1500, (way too expensive for me)
I went on www.alibaba.com as well,
what I wanna add to the thread is actually I made a comment on this youtube video asking if they manufacture e-paper and they msged me back saying that they would undertake manufacturing or even prototype one or two upon request,
dont know if its legit, but thought I'd let you guys know...

I also contacted sparkfun about e-paper and they replied saying that they are looking in to it and would take it as a product suggestion, I believe if we all requested sparkfun for e-paper displays they'd speed it up (maybe you already did that)


8 years ago

Perhaps you could find a broken (aside from the screen!) kindle, nook or sony e-reader on eBay for a good price.  As for how to drive the screen, that's up to you.  But it'll probably be pretty tricky.

Sorry, it doesn't look good.  Of the major companies besides E Ink Corporation, I couldn't find one with a prototyping kit available for purchase.

Your best chance is to get one out of  a Kindle or a Nook, but I can't tell you whether or not any information on getting it to work is published.  I simply don't know the answer to that.

As a second-best option, try contacting one of the many Chinese companies making Kindle knock-offs.  www.alibaba.com is a good source for leads on these.  Keep in mind that many will be simply using E Ink Corp. displays, while others will be faking it using cheap LCD's... but it's possible someone would be willing to talk to you about selling a screen.