You might remember that small online bookstore last week announcing the Kindle being the most gifted item ever, as well as huge eBook sales. Now the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) predicts e-reader sales will double in 2010. Shawn DuBravac, director of research at the CEA said, "Expect to see significant offerings in the e-reader category over the next few days" (source). He was right, a bunch of companies are announcing e-readers during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week.
A company named Skiff has teamed up with Sprint to provide newspapers, magazines, and e-books. Their new device is a whopping 11.5 inch FLEXIBLE touchscreen. Yes, you can actually bend it. This is a unique device that really is different than the current round of e-Readers from Sony, Amazon, and B&N. It still uses the same eInk display but with a new design by LG Display. They used stainless steel foil instead of glass to support the display. This made the device thin, light and more flexible! The Skiff Reader is a quarter inch thick with an eleven inch 1,200 by 1,600 pixel display. Too big for me but ... "WOW!"
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Spring Design's Alex e-Reader (which like the nook uses Google's Android OS) announced a partnership with Google for e-Books and provided more hands-on time with the device. It's very similar to the nook but seems to be much more responsive and has a nicer, larger screen. This device looks great but I wonder how many people want this size with TWO screens. Bookstore integration with Google Books is nothing to brag about lately. They aren't happy with B&N since they feel they stole the design for the nook from them. You can't deny the similarities!
- Click here to read a great review on Gizmodo with more pictures!
- Alex deal with Borders... Drops price to $359... WOW!
On a more traditional e-reader note, Interead is showing off their "Coolreader". This one puzzles me. It's not much different than the current devices and in the same price point. Cute colors though!
DMC Worldwide unveiled two new e-readers - the Copia "Ocean" and "Tidal". These e-readers integrate content, social networking and e-commerce. Scratching your head yet? Well, you enjoy books right? How about blogs, magazines, Internet sites? What about sharing what you think about them with friends, family, and the world. These new readers sport an "open platform" in order to allow publishers and users to connect and collaborate. Blog and Wiki meet your e-Reader!
Other Noteworthy Updates
- The QUE? Read some of the first details on the mysterious Plastic Logic’s QUE. Uses B&N Bookstore, $799.
- Liquivista colored ePaper. Tech demo, short on information.
- Samsung includes Handwriting? Samsung will be releasing two e-Readers, both more than the nook, 6" ($399) / 10" ($699). It's just ugly, sorry.
- Mirasol color display Review suggests we'll see a color Kindle using this 3Q? Open the pocketbook, but very interesting.
Forget the nook?
I still think price is a major consideration for buyers. In the e-Reader market people want to read books, and not spend a lot of cash on the device. A $99 device would really grab consumers. Don't confuse this will new multi-purpose devices like the yet-to-be-unveiled Apple Tablet. This is a different consumer that wants web, movies, reader, email, and more on one device - maybe even to replace a laptop. I think these users will pay upwards 1K and are not the same group of consumers that want a nook!
I still think the nook is an awesome device. After the software bugs are worked out it will take it's place as a top devices. It's an open platform, has one of the better e-Bookstores integrated, and is that killer price-range.
So do you have a nook or considering one - how does this news all affect you!
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