By Chris Laker
Last updated at 4:43 PM on 15th October 2008
The era of the traditional newspaper could soon be over as scientists launch production of a revolutionary electronic version – made out of plastic.
The e-reader is the brainchild of students at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory and will be developed by manufacturing plant Plastic Logic at a factory in Germany. The invention is due to hit the high street next year.
Each part of the design will be made from plastic and will be super-thin, as light as the average magazine and able to store and display documents.
Dean Baker, Manufacturing Engineering Manager of Plastic Logic, said the invention of the lightweight e-reader will also drastically reduce the waste that currently comes with the traditional product.