The e-reader business has been booming of late and people are gravitating towards e-readers rather than paperback books. Even though the e-reader market has seen a recent boom, it was established more than a decade ago. Back then e-readers had a miserly storage space of 4MB and 16MB that could hold not more than 40 e-books. The e-readers of yore had black and white LCD’s and to download and read books you would have to download them first on your PC and then transfer the books to the e-reader. Even the battery only lasted for around a day.
Then came Sony Librie in Japan in 2004. This was the first e-reader to function on electronic display. And with that came better battery timings and more functional e-readers in general. Finally came 2007 and which is now the most popular and sought after reader named the Kindle came along. Amazon started the e-reader revolution with the Kindle reader and that is when people started moving towards e-readers. Battery life and reading experience improved greatly and people were now able to download books directly off Amazon’s book store to their e-readers.
Fast forward to the present and we see that e-readers are growing ever so popular with consumers and manufacturers are churning out e-readers at alarming rate. The e-reader business has been booming and along with Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Sony have joined in the party. But the major question that needs to be answered is what the future holds for e-readers.
Analyzing the trend in the e-reader market we can see that people will eventually move towards e-readers and that may even spell the end of paperback books. But that seems to be long in to the future since many people still hold the feel and smell of paper dear.
In terms of what e-readers will offer is something that is debatable. E-readers have progressed so far that people may even say that there is no real addition that can be made to make them better. Though manufacturers are now focusing more towards content then hardware since most of the revenue generated is through the sale of books rather than the actual e-reader. Hence sale of content will be the thing that retailers and manufacturers will be pushing towards.
If we talk about hardware then we could see full color e-readers that are touch screen enabled and house more powerful processors. Easy access of content and more feature packed e-readers will eventually appear in the market in a couple of years even. They may still be called e-readers but will eventually be a hybrid of a tablet and an e-reader.
E-readers are definitely here to stay. And not just stay, they are taking over and changing the old concepts of book reading. Tell us in the comments sections what you think about e-readers and if you own one.