E-Readers

E-Readers

Whether its film scanners or electronic readers, it’s clear the push to digitize information is burgeoning.  The battle for choosing the right e-reader is getting bloodier every passing day. According to a recent report by Forrester, the number of E-Readers sold in the United States will more than double every 2 years for the rest of the decade. On one hand, companies, both big and small are eyeing the space for Electronic Book Readers by introducing highly interactive Electronic-readers in the market. On the other, it is getting difficult for the consumers to choose what is right for them.
Forrester further predicts that Amazon.com’s Kindle will once again dominate the market as it has since 2009, accounting for 65% of the total market share followed by Sony E-Reader line.

Here is a brief summary of the most popular readers available in the market today,

Device

Kindle

Kindle DX

Sony Reader Daily Edition

IREX DR800SG

Price

$299 $489 $399 $399

Screen Size

6 inches 9.7 inches 7 inches 8.1 inches

Touch Screen

No No Yes Yes

Rotating Screen

No Yes Yes Yes

Storage

2GB 4GB 2GB No on-board memory, comes with 2GB SD card
not expandable not expandable expandable via Memory Stick and SD

Wireless

Sprint Sprint AT&T Verizon
Gobi chipset for worldwide use

Bookstore

Amazon Amazon Sony eBookstore Barnes & Noble

Content Availability

350,000+ books 350,000+ books 100,000+ books 750,000+ books
newspaper, magazine, blog subscriptions newspaper, magazine, blog subscriptions One million public domain books via Google* “Users can purchase books, newspapers or magazines from a wide variety of sources”*
Participating local library rentals* *not available over 3G unless purchased through built-in bookstore
*not available over 3G

Natively Supported Formats

Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible, MP3, MOBI, PRC Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible, MP3, MOBI, PRC ePub, PDF, JPEG, BBeB, RTF, TXT ePub, “multiple DRM solutions”

Formats Supported via Conversion

PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP DOC, HTML, “other text file formats” Not sure yet, will update when more info is available

Web Browser

Yes Yes No No

Other Features

Bookmarks, annotations, dictionary, Wikipedia, search, audiobooks, iPhone sync Bookmarks, annotations, dictionary, Wikipedia, Facebook, search, audiobooks, iPhone sync Highlighting, annotation, dictionary, handwritten notes with included stylus Bookmarks, search, included stylus, “users will have the ability to download content to the device while traveling abroad next year”

 

(lists may be incomplete)

Available

Now Now Now Now

 

A common trend noticed by Howtek.com readers is that despite the spurt in the demand, companies are focusing on making the E-Reader more interactive.  Targeting them at business professionals in addition to those who use them for leisurely reading has helped sales.  Business savvy people are replacing bulking laptop computers & cords with slim readers to enhance the face to face interactions.

Many new products in the market offer features like larger and sturdier black-and-white electronic-paper touch screens. E-paper screens reflect light, like regular paper, rather than back-lit like computer screens which are easier in long-form of reading, some other companies are trying to blur the gap between an e-reader and a computer by offering colorful screens which are capable of handling multiple functions. With more companies offering Sophisticated E-reader products the fight to the top spot is will be a tough one.

 

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