Tuesday, August 17, 2010
So Much for a Competitive Ebook Reader Market
Link August 13 ars technica post, "iPad/Kindle combo proving deadly to rest of e-reader market".
Excerpt: The show floor of January's Consumer Electronics Show was swamped with E-Ink-based e-readers of all shapes and sizes, to the point that it seemed that a tsunami of Kindle knock-offs was going to hit the US market in the first quarter of 2010. But in hindsight, it turns out that the wave actually crested at CES, and has now almost entirely subsided.
First, Sprint and Hearst cancelled the Skiff e-reader, then the Plastic Logic QUE was delayed yet gain. Last month, long-time Dutch e-reader maker IREX went bankrupt—the Iliad e-reader just didn't sell well enough in the US, and the company ran out of cash.
The latest development in the e-reader market's rapid downward spiral is that the Plastic Logic QUE has been cancelled.