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Dedicated E-Readers: They're History

Jun 22, 2010, 00:06 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)


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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."

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