Thursday, 1 April 2010

iPad to reduce demand for e-book readers

I'm not a futurist as such, but I like to speculate on the paths technology might take us, the unintended consequences of new tech and just plain old what-ifs. I'm thinking that once the world gets a taste of the Apple iPad, the recent crop of e-ink-based book devices like the Amazon Kindle will start to disappear. They may never go entirely away, but the demand for a device that can only read books is sure to diminish once we have devices with comparable battery life and big colour screens that can also play movies on the go.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - Granted, it's going to be as much of a pain getting your movies on an iPad as on an iPod.
PPS - But there will probably be alternatives.


Erin Marie said...

Ben and I have been talking about whether I should get an iPhone or an iPad and I'm really torn. I like the idea of having it all in one device, but then I also like the size of the iPad and its ability to be a better e-reader than the iPhone, in terms of screen size etc.

But in terms of other e-readers on the market, you're definitely right. Glad I didn't get a Kindle.

John said...

It's a dilemma, isn't it? The iPad's size is a double-edged sword: it's too big to be with you everywhere like your phone, but it's the right size for a lot of things like reading.

Miv said...


So what's with the ad on your site? Instead of news links this morning I find a google ad for plenty of fish.

April Fool? Or something more sinister?

John said...

Nothing sinister in intent, at least. I put some ads on the sidebar because my traffic is starting to go up a bit here, and I thought, hey, if Google would like to give me a few cents a month for that, why not? I didn't intend there to be picture ads, though. I'm a bit of a noob at this, but I've changed the settings now, and the ads should be text-only and should be appearing below the news box.