Dedicated E-Readers: They're History
Jun 22, 2010, 00:06 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Barnes & Noble just launched a new Wi-Fi only
version of the Nook for $149 and cut the price of the original,
with both Wi-Fi and 3G from $259 to $199. Whoops! And, what's this?
I no sooner finish this blog and Amazon drops the bottom-line
Kindle's price to $189. That's great, right? Wrong. It's actually
just post-poning the end of all dedicated e-readers.
"As it happens, I like e-readers in general. And, I like the
Nook and Amazon's Kindle. So why am I unimpressed by this
price-cut? I'm unmoved because I don't think there's a chance in
heck that dedicated e-reader devices will still be around, except
as vastly discounted electronic toys by 2011's holiday season.
"My reasoning is quite simple. Everything a Nook or a Kindle can
do an Apple iPad can do better. And, what's far more important, an
iPad can do far, far more."