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E Ink presents - a tale of two cities

E Ink just shared this funny new video, comparing E Ink e-readers to tablets for reading applications. It repeats the usual advantages of E Ink: low power and sunlight readability. Interestingly, they also play on the fact that your e-reader is just a reader - it does not interrupt you with emails, messages and videos. They say "E Ink is the best for focused reading, anything less is a distraction":

I guess E Ink is trying to fight back against tablets which many people prefer over an e-reader because it can do much more. I personally love my Kindle (especially the new paperwhite). I think there's a bit advantage to low-cost, low-power, low-weight e-readers that are easy on the eyes. It's true that when you read, a device that is actually less capable will be better...

Amazon announces the Kindle Paperwhite (built-in light, new E Ink display) and new Kindle Fires

Amazon announced a new Kindle e-reader today, the Kindle Paperwhite. It's a 6" touchscreen E Ink e-reader with a new display that features better contrast then ever (25% better than on the Kindle Touch), 1024x768 resolution and built-in light. The Paperwhite has 2GB of internal memory and Wi-Fi (and 3G on the 3G model). It will ship on October 1st 2012. The Wi-Fi model costs $139 (or $119 with ads) and the 3G model costs $199 (or $179 with ads).

Kindle Paperwhite photo

The Kindle Touch is no longer available, but Amazon did also reduce the price of the non-touch Kindle 2011 to $69 with ads (and $89 without).

Amazon teases with an ad for two Kindle devices

Amazon published a commercial yesterday teasing us with two new Kindle devices. One seems to be a color tablet, and the other (show on 0:18 for a second) a black&white e-reader:

We'll probably learn more later today during Amazon's press event...

E-readers decline - is lack of features the problem? Should Amazon worry?

Yesterday I posted about the reported "e-reader death", discussing whether tablets are winning the race against e-readers. Today I gave it some more thought, and it seems to me now that one of the "problems" with e-reader sales is the lack of new features. But I'm not sure if that's really a problem...

Kindle family (K3, K4, KT) photo

Amazon launched the K3 (or Kindle Keyboard as it is now called) back in July 2010 - a year and a half ago. The new Kindle Touch and K4 (or Kindle 2011) was launched in October 2011. When you consider it, what are the differences between the K3 and the K4 or Kindle Touch? The new devices are a bit smaller (but it's not really significant I think), a bit faster, and they cost less. The Kindle Touch adds the touch capability of course.

Is the Tablet killing the E-Reader?

E Ink published their January financial results, and the revenue was about $48 million - which is a 63% drop compared to last year (and 11% drop compared to December). Despite this the company is still expected to post revenues of over NT$40 billion in 2012 - a 5% increase over 2011.

Amazon Kindles 2011 photo

Some web sites are reporting that this marks the "end of the e-reader" - with tablets clearly winning the race. This is an interesting debate. Most people agree that a dedicated e-paper reader is far better as a reading device (because of the screen quality, sunlight readability, weight, cost and battery life) - but Tablets are obviously much more versatile.

B&N reports strong Tablet sales, weak Simple Touch sales

Barnes & Noble says that Nook sales increased 70% compared to the holiday season of 2010 (they are referring to the last nine weeks of the year). The Simple Touch e-reader sales were actually below expectations, but the Tablets sold very well.

Nook Tablet photo

B&N are now considering the option of spinning the Nook line off. They say that Nook sales (e-readers and e-books, probably) were worth around $1.5 billion in 2011, and they project a continued growth in the US and internationally in the next 12 months.

Amazon - 2011 was the "best holiday ever" for Kindles

Amazon announced that the 2011 holiday period was a big success for the Kindle family. Customers bought "well over" 1 million Kindle devices per week, and the top three spots on Amazon.com's best seller charts are held by the Kindle Fire, the Kindle Touch and the Kindle 2011. The Kindle Fire is also the most gifted and most wished for product for 13 weeks in a row.

Amazon Kindles 2011 photo

Kindle is also the best selling product on Amazon's UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy stores. Christmas day was the best day ever for Kindle book downloads.


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