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Will Tablets Kill Off e-Readers? 333

Nerval's Lobster writes "Are e-readers doomed? A research note earlier this week from IHS iSuppli suggested that, after years of solid growth, the e-book reader market was 'on an alarmingly precipitous decline' thanks to the rise of tablets. The firm suggested that e-reader sales had declined from 23.2 million units in 2011 to 14.9 million this year — around 36 percent, in other words. The note blames tablets: 'Single-task devices like the ebook are being replaced without remorse in the lives of consumers by their multifunction equivalents, in this case by media tablets.' Even Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the reigning champs of the e-reader marketplace, have increasingly embraced full-color tablets as the best medium for selling their digital products. Backed by enormous cloud-based libraries that offer far more than just e-books, these devices are altogether more versatile than grayscale e-readers, provided their users want to do more than just read plain text."
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Will Tablets Kill Off e-Readers?

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  • by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Friday December 14, 2012 @05:47PM (#42294137)

    What I want is the ten inch paper white touch screen at a reasonable price ($200 - $300 or so)
    I also want the weight to be somewhat less than my ipad3.
    I also want my kindle to support epub without having to do crazy side loading.
    I don't use the kindle that much because it really is only useful for reading on the train and such, which I don't do that often.

    I want a pony.

  • by ClayJar ( 126217 ) on Friday December 14, 2012 @06:26PM (#42295033) Homepage

    Leatherman killed the tool market when it came out. Why buy a single-purpose tool when you can get many more features for a little bit more money?

    Sometimes having something that *doesn't* slice, dice, and julienne fries is the better choice. I mean, sure, I could do many small repairs using just a leatherman, but a nice set of wrenches and drivers makes working on my bike *much* nicer. Or how about crescent wrenches (or shifting spanners, as the case may be)? You can handle all variety of nuts, bolts, and fittings. SAE, metric, square, hex? All are open to you. Yet anyone who spends much time working on mechanical things knows that a crescent wrench, while convenient, is often vastly inferior to a good set of wrenches.

    When I'm out on a ride, I carry a small multitool that *does* do a bunch of things in one small, inexpensive, unobtrusive package, just as when I'm out and about, I can get some reading done on my Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 is convenient, but if I ever broke my e-ink Kindle, I'd have a replacement ordered that very day. E-ink readers are basically designed to fill the niche of "electronic trade paperback for avid readers". They fill that niche exceedingly well, and avid readers are a renewable resource.

  • by Is0m0rph ( 819726 ) on Friday December 14, 2012 @06:33PM (#42295197)
    Read on paper? Insane tree murderer!

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