If you've been reading the headlines about the Kindle Fire lately, you might be surprised to learn that Amazon has already moved millions of units of its tablet and is now the proud creator of the best-selling Android tablet.
Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen isn't a fan, and went so far as to say that he felt, "the Fire is going to be a failure."
Not too long ago, one could track the e-reader and tablet markets separately and have a legitimate reason to do so.
It was clear that the Kindle, for instance, was not the iPad, and the iPad was not the
But as technology evolves and hardware prices continue to fall, the differences
between e-readers and tablets is shrinking and it appears that both
markets are, for all intents and purposes, converging rapidly.
makes for an interesting battle between Apple and, well, everyone else.
Apple may have disappointed Wall Street with its fourth quarter
earnings, but make no mistake about it: most companies would kill for a
quarter like it.
The company issued a strong guidance for the first
quarter of fiscal year 2012, and Apple's CEO Tim Cook is confident.
Case in point: when it comes to the nascent tablet market, Cook isn't at
all worried about possible competition from new devices like Amazon's
Amazon's Kindle e-reader may be one of the most popular e-readers, but the company's long-term position in the market is far from certain.
On one flank, the Kindle competes with the most popular tablet device, the iPad, and on the other, competitors like Barnes & Noble have built more sophisticated devices like the NOOK Color.
So Amazon is rumored to be responding later this week with a new version of the Kindle that's more like the iPad and NOOK Color.
Dubbed the Kindle Fire, it will reportedly feature a 7" backlit display, books (of course), plenty of magazine subscriptions, and apps to boot.
Barnes & Noble has high hopes for its new e-book reader, the NOOK Color. Described by some as half e-reader, half-tablet, the $250 device, which runs on Google's Android operating system, has been sold an estimated 3m times since its debut last November.
Now, B&N is eager to develop a strong developer ecosystem. The retailer has launched a NOOK SDK 1.0 and a shiny new NOOK Developer website which invites developers to "change the future of reading" with B&N.
Competition is getting tough in the digital reader category. Tight margins and rapidly evolving devices are likely to thin the marketplace by next year. Currently, a price war is going on. Today, bookseller Borders lowered the price of its e-reader devices...again. Starting at $99, the Alarutek is the cheapest e-reader on the market.
Borders is trying to get back into the black with fewer stores and a focus on digital books. But can cheap prices and customer rewards save a business? That's not clear.
US book retailer Barnes & Noble has just launched an iPhone app which allows users to shop from their mobiles, as well as using the camera to search for products.
The retailer already has a mobile commerce site, but the iPhone app has the potential to deliver a richer experience for customers. I've been taking a closer look...