Are Existing E-readers Good Enough for Most?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

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In today’s editorial about the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I argue that existing e-readers are already adequate enough to serve most readers’ needs. What’s more, I suggest that those who are interested in e-books have likely already purchased such a device (or are planning to in the near future) and that new devices, even the promised Apple tablet, are at best evolutionary, not revolutionary.

What do you think? Are existing devices indeed adequate? Do you really need a fully functional, video capable computer — no matter how svelte — to read a book? And is there a great untapped mass market for high-priced, stand-alone, e-reading devices still out there.

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter using the hashtag  #ppdiscuss.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.