Kindle Review sums up the show:
Mirasol’s Color eReader is mighty impressive – and not scheduled to release until Q3, 2011. Pixel Qi is pretty impressive too – except the lowest priced version of the Pixel Qi screen Adam tablet is 9.
Which means that until Q3, 2011, iPad 2 is the only real threat to Nook Color, and Nook 2 is the only real threat to Kindle 3. Apart from those two potential giants there are just a couple of minor threats.
The Paltry line-up of eReaders at CES 2011
As compared to CES 2010, when there were dozens of eReaders anywhere, there are just a few eReaders being shown at CES 2011 -
* The Eee Pad Memo is a very impressive eReader + eWriter – Except it’s using a LCD instead of eInk, and is priced between 9 and 9.
* iRiver has the new Story HD eReader – a 6″ eReader with 1024 by 768 screen resolution. It supports WiFi, ePub and PDF with Adobe DRM. It has 3 weeks of battery life. It’ll be available in Q2, 2011. Not much of a threat.
* Aluratek has its Libre Air eReader – a 5″ reflective TFT LCD screen, WiFi, and a 0 price point. Hardly a threat.
From the press release:
Despite their fondness for social networking and cell phones, most college students say they prefer textbooks in printed rather than e-text form. Nearly 75% of students to recently respond to a major new research survey from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) said they prefer printed texts, citing a fondness for print’s look and feel, as well as its permanence and ability to be resold.
This finding was among many uncovered in BISG’s inaugural survey entitled Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. The ongoing survey focuses on college student perceptions related to educational content and presentation media in the higher education market. It is powered by Bowker’s PubTrack data, the publishing industry’s exclusive resource for understanding buying behavior.
“Research studies like Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education enable informed decision-making,” said Scott Lubeck, BISG’s Executive Director. “College students are an exceptionally dynamic demographic, making the technology transformation underway within the higher ed market very hard to plot. Our ongoing survey of student attitudes will help everyone in the publishing business make sense of this changing market place by providing hard data on the impact of habits and preferences.”
Although not the preferred textbook form for most college students, further data from the survey shows that e-texts do have fans. About 12% of the students surveyed — mostly males, and often MBA-seeking or distance learners — said they prefer e-texts to printed texts because of their lower cost, convenience and portability. In addition, online supplemental materials received favor from these respondents as well. Particularly online quizzes that tests students’ understanding of a text’s content and prepares them for exams.
The majority of survey respondents (60%) said they place high value on core textbooks — whether printed or electronic — most of which continue to be purchased at the college bookstore (65%). Online purchasing is growing, however. For example, one-fifth of students said they purchased textbooks from Amazon.com. Finally, perhaps because of rising purchase prices, renting a textbook — rather than purchasing or downloading — was preferred by 11% of surveyed students.
More info here.
If you are a Mac person then take a look at this article at The Unofficial Apple Weblog about Mac app pricing.
Rosenthal, of Foner Books, is making this estimate based on an extrapolation from the Kindle sales rank graph. He goes on to say:
Kindle is a runaway train heading for Manhattan, and as it roars through Penn Station and under the city, it is shaking the foundations of New York’s oldest trade publishers. Increasing eBook sales mean increasing cost per unit for print books, since fixed production costs will be amortized over fewer print unit sales.
More details in the article.
From the press release:
Amazon Says Kindle Best Selling Product Ever
Apple iPad owners are also buying e-readers according to the online retailer, which announced that sales of the Kindle have surpassed its previous all-time bestseller, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
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Foxconn Electronics, a Chinese technology manufacturer, could ship Apple's iPad 2 as early as February, according to an article from the DigiTimes on Tuesday. The article sites unnamed sources, but says that the next iPad hasn't yet had its specifications finalized.
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