I’ve been holding back on discussing tablets, if only because no effective competition to the iPad has appeared. But this week something significant occurred — we learned of the Kindle Fire, with a 7“ color touch screen, web browser and cloud storage, which will give the consumer access to Amazon’s book, music, game, movie and tv content. The iPad is no longer the only tablet in town. Read the rest of this entry »
In a November, 2007 Wall Street Journal article on e-book readers, I complained that despite the attraction and dazzle of Amazon’s Kindle, the price would have to come down from its then $399.00 cost.
At the time, I never would have guessed, that by June 2010, the Kindle would sell for $189.00!
Of course its natural that with success comes competition, so it’s inevitable that price reductions follow. But who could have predicted the advances in technology which have now created the iPad? With its swiss-army knife array of features, including a dazzling color display, web, video and app capabilities, oh and an ebook reader and store, the iPad has quickly dated the Kindle and its brethren.
The first generaton iPad costs $100.00 more than the first generation Kindle. Should I bother waiting for a price decrease? Technology spoils us all.
Great NYT Opinion piece comparing the virtues of good, old fashioned books to their colder, digital brethren.
For a long time, I have been critical of the book publishing industry’s procrastination in accepting the web as a sales, marketing and distribution force. It was almost as if publishers believed that the internet was some fad that was going to go away and that people would always want to read their books printed on paper. In light of the financial losses that the music, newspaper and motion picture industries were dealing with due to digital conversion of content, the book publishers’ apprehension was somewhat understandable, yet also frustrating in that they seemed to be avoiding the obvious and needed to develop their own digital content strategy. Read the rest of this entry »