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This should be boom time for the e-reader.

The end of 2012 saw a glut of new 'front-lit' e-readers Kindle Paperwhite, Nook Glowlight and the Kobo Glo. All of these devices offer touch screens, Wifi (some even 3G) and a new  technology that projects light from the side or top of the screen, avoiding backlighting to simulate a less obtrusive ambient light.

Yet in his outlook on 2013, Walt Mossberg (@waltmossberg) mentions in passing that tablets are "gradually replacing another device: the dedicated e-reader".

And Pew research supports this: while e-book or e-reader sales continue to grow, moving from 10% to 19% market penetration in the US between December 2011 and November 2012, tablet penetration increased from 10% to 25% in the same period.

So is Mossberg's statement true? Just as the e-reader evolves, the tablet has usurped it?

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Nick Tjaardstra

Date

2013-01-02 12:00

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Amazon’s first Kindle Fire, which journalists positioned as a potential rival to the iPad’s throne when it came out last November, “never really, well, caught fire,” as Wired's Christina Bonnington puts it. Nevertheless, 10 months after its release, the original full-colour, 7-inch touch-screen tablet has sold out, and Amazon has captured 22 percent of the U.S. tablet market, regaining the position it first won in December of last year as the second-strongest tablet brand in the United States.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced this triumphant statistic yesterday, in what has been called an Apple-like event at a hangar in Santa Monica, California, where he announced the newest additions to the Kindle line.

Author

Emma Knight

Date

2012-09-07 14:14

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