The Nexus 7: Google ships a tablet
Posted Aug 1, 2012 8:09 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: The Nexus 7: Google ships a tablet
Parent article: The Nexus 7: Google ships a tablet
In the long term, it seems clear that general-purpose tablets will displace dedicated reader devices
Well, not for those of us who actually read a lot.
Yes, even for them. Have you learned nothing in your life? It's repeat of the CRT vs LCD battle. Some things are so much better with CRT that LCD still can not compare - but it does not matter. First LCD was used where CRT was truly unsuitable, then it caught the masses and then CRT went extinct - not because LCD was batter for everyone, but because tiny niche which was left was not enough to keep CRT alive.
The same will happen with book-readers. When most consumers will switch to general-purpose tablets ebook readers will die. Even if "those of us who actually read a lot" will actually want to buy them there will not be enough of them to justify the separate manufacture.
And the fact that book-readers have much better longevity will, surprisingly, play against them long-term. Because this will shrink already tiny niche still further.
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