May 16, 2022

Info Tech: “E-book Reader: Batteries Not Required”


E-book readers are gaining popularity thanks to their capacity and potential for interactivity. Some people still prefer paper books for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they don’t require power. Engineers at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University hope that they can merge the best of both technologies with their energy harvesting “Paper Generators.”

Instead of using batteries to power an e-reader, the Paper Generators create electricity from  human motion – touching, tapping, and swiping – combined with energy-harvesting structures.


In addition to giving us E-book readers that don’t require batteries, the engineers behind this technology suggest that it can also make books interactive by providing lights and sounds in response to user inputs. They also envision E-books that can send low-power wireless signals to a computer, creating interactive storytelling environments.

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Learn More: Paper Generators: Harvesting Energy from Touching, Rubbing and Sliding (via Disney Research)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.