Ebook Readers: A comparison with the market


EBook: a comparison


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In 2020 we may well look back a decade and to identify Wednesday, January 27, 2010 as the moment in time when the publication changed forever.

Sensationalist? Perhaps, but given the impact of Apple’s iPod and iPhone, you would be forgiven for thinking that the launch of Apple islation could have a similar impact on books, newspapers and magazines industry.

Today unveiling the middle of the usual fanfare and hysteria geek normally associated with a product launch Apple certainly did not disappoint. The iSlate Apple has simply taken the eReader technology by the throat and threw him a fast forward by a publishing decade.

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First generation, especially those who came before the launch of Kindle Amazon in November 2007, were seen as clumsy and one-dimensional. With consumers accustomed to working on multimedia laptops, the monochrome screens eReaders’ were seen as a step backwards, not forwards.

Despite the rapid evolution of these devices, this perception has remained, although the second generation of books electronic high-resolution screens, buttons to customize the way text is displayed, and even Internet connectivity. Apple

Will iSlate consumer perceptions change eReaders? In our opinion, yes. Most certainly.

Already the U.S. market has seen a strong movement in popular ebook stimulated by the Amazon Kindle, which represents 32% of all digital books displayed in the country. In fact, according to the U.S. Book Industry Study Group (BISG), all fifth book in the United States is now sold as an ebook, citing “affordability” as the Apple factor.


The iSlate will see this trend reach “take off” phase – through not only books but newspapers and magazines as well.

Robert Elding, YUDU Media Marketing Director, said: “. The future has arrived with Apple and to IPAD very short term we can expect rapid changes in the way media is consumed “Elding continues,” the editors simply wi-fi content to the latest generation electronic books and printing costs erased you can expect to be content much cheaper than the newsstand price. “

Elding cites France The World as a key example of a publisher for its content is accessible to digital considerably reduced rates (6 Euros per month), but still achieve significant revenues with its 100,000 subscribers.


EReader observations

Livre White on the comparison

This compares all major eReader devices on the market since January 27 2010.

Firstly, some further observations on the general market:

# 1. The price of various electronic books are on a downward trend, to ensure that a significant number of consumers will be able to afford these devices in future.


# 2 eReaders encourage reading without paper, to minimize the need to cut down trees to make paper. In this way, we can do argued, the devices support the preservation of forests and our environment by not using ink, etc. The nature of ecological eReaders will be a key factor in their future government growth.


# 3 eBooks, especially in education, will add significant “push” to their popularity. Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision to put all the text books online in California last year is simply the first step of many in this Sector .

Technical Commentary


Most common to use technology electronic ink display (also known as e-paper), which mimics the appearance of the pages of the paperback books.

la technology is different from

The integrate technology flat screen PC that uses the backlight to illuminate the screen. Because the electronic paper displays do not use a backlight, the display can be easily used in conditions.


Electronic paper also uses significantly less power to maintain the display active.

There was the recent wave of new eReaders before the launch of Apple islation, with a growing number of manufacturers like IRiver (Story), Samsung (Papyrus) Foxit (Eslick) and Jinke (Hanlin V3) by launching their own. The specifications of many of the lights are similar, including the monochrome screen, fully functional keyboard, and power of high performance supply.



Apple iPad

Apple chose to release their new device, IPAD, it aims to many different markets of potential users. This sends a clear message to the world of publishing as a Kindle killer. With its new store built in iBook (similar to the iTunes Store for books) he just signed with five partners initially -. Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, group Hachett book with a new faster processor, it has a screen of 9.7 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds , put it in the same size as the Kindle DX level, leading to a potentially worrying time for Amazon.

Unlike Kindle However, IPAD faces the Wi-Fi-only on base models, being sold between $ 499-699 depending on options storage (16.32 and 64 GB). Kindle Whispernet is built in works wherever there is a mobile signal for free (after being paid by Amazon). Apple will offer a version with 3G mobile access to an additional $ 129 per model, plus another $ 14-30 per month for a data plan from AT & T (USA).

Steve Jobs noted that he will be able to run iPhone applications, and developers will be able to work with the size of the screen using the operating system OS updated iPhone SDK launch day.

Apple believes that the new device will sit perfectly between smartphone and laptop, and it must be better on tasks such as navigation, e-mail, photos, e-books, and both videos.

It has a interface that is very reminiscent of the iPhone, although it is significantly expanded and modified. The top apps are much more experienced Apple Mac rather than the iPhone. It has versions of iPhoto and iTunes for IPAD. Location-based services that allows the application to map self-locate, are also included in the device.

Amazon Kindle 2: After making his debut in the U.S. on November 19, 2007, Kindle Amazon has won a growing cult of fans because of its elegant style, high contrast screen, easy to use controls and respectable battery life. The second incarnation of the reader, Kindle 2, released on February 23, 2009 . An improved version of the original Kindle, Kindle DX, was launched May 6, 2009, which supported PDF files natively, as opposed to the first versions of the Kindle version.

All function of a screen “electronic paper “Monochrome, which has a high contrast for easy reading of varying intensities of light, and sports a resolution of 600 x 800. Kindle has an internal memory of 2GB (4GB on some models) which allows the user to store 1,500 + eBooks in the device at any Barnes and Noble time.


Nook: The eReader Android-driven B & N made a name for itself because of its touchscreen color that distinguishes the culture monochrome eReaders generally available. The reader, with dimensions of 7.7 x 4.9 x 0.5 inches and with just 11.2 oz Weight is wonderfully portable, and the sport with a rechargeable battery that the user can replace in case of malfunction. The integrated 2 GB memory storage which is expandable to 16GB via microSD card is another big plus point.

Sony Reader: Made by giant electronics from Japan, the Sony Reader uses a 600 x 800 pixel display for electronic paper. In some models the display is also touch sensitive, which facilitates easy operation. The device is also lightweight, weighing only 10 oz enabling hours of reading without effort. As a bonus, the device can also play MP3 and AAC (Unencrypted) files.


The recent Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show 2010 presented some of eReaders latest on the market, which highlighted how these devices are evolving to match consumer requirements. Most of these models are not commercially available at the time of writing, but are due to come on the market in 2010. The three products featured in the show included:

Skiff Reader: The eReader new from Skiff created quite a stir because of its most radical feature – the first touch screen made of a flexible sheet coated stainless steel plastic. The screen seems not only smooth, but it is also unbreakable, ensuring it remains in one piece even if the device is accidentally dropped on the floor. The screen supports operation via two fingers and pen, to ensure that users can use the player according to their preferences. Other notable features of the reader:

  • With a size of only 9 inches by 11 inches by 0.268 inches and a weight of less than 500 grams, the device is portable enough to provide hours of relaxed reading.
  • Supports connectivity

  • short and long range wireless via Wi-Fi and 3G, respectively.
  • Endowed a battery
  • about a week (with infrequent use of wireless connectivity) after a full charge.
  • Sports
  • space 4 GB internal memory with more than 3 GB available for content storage.
  • Skiff Reader, powered by the Sprint network, expected to hit the market later in 2010.

    EDGE Entourage: The brand new eReader’s entourage Virginia-based consists of two devices packed into one body. The left side of the eReader device, while the right has a fully functional netbook. The two screens are synchronized with each other as well, which means that when the user enters an unfamiliar word while reading an eBook, simply select it and watch it on Google via the netbook. netbook runs on Android operating system from Google, resulting in an easy-to-use is easily accessible even for novice users. Other features include:

      Totally portable 8 1 / 4 by 10 3 / 4 by 1 inch dimensions
    • , while weighing just under £ 3.
    • Sports
    • 3 GB of usable memory onboard, enabling the user to store hundreds of eBooks at hand.
    • The lithium battery provides backup 16 hours (when fully loaded) and can be exchanged with another battery quickly and easily.
    • integrated video camera allows video recording in MP4 and 3GP formats.


    Plastic Quebec: The Plastic Logic eReader future has a touch screen is almost unbreakable plastic and the size and thickness of a regular notebook. The screen is monochrome, but sports a high contrast to facilitate easy reading under different light conditions. The integrated 4 GB of memory allows the user to store as many of 35,000 documents and electronic books. Plastic Logic has not revealed much information about its reader, and Instead of doing at the launch, scheduled for April 2010.


    Hand, some other eReaders expected due to the release in 2010 include Bookeen Orizon eReader, eReader Copia, Fujitsu FLEPia, WISEreaders Hanvon, RCA / Audiovox Lexi eReader Samsung E6 and E10 eReaders and Spring Design Alex eReader. Some of these e-books have made use of the electronic ink technology, while others use full-color, backlit LCD screens.

    2010 will also be marked by the release of a number of tablet PCs, which can be used as eReaders. The HP keyboard-less slate is the most anticipated, as presented by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES 2010. Others include Cydle M7 Tablet, Dell “Streak” Slate Tablet Freescale, HP TM2, Levono IdeaPad, MSI DualScreen Ultramobile PC Prototype, a tablet unnamed Nvidia and Verizon, Paradigm Shift EMT-10AB / W compressed and Viliv S10 Blade Netvertible.


    The Apple iSlate is a leap forward not only for eReaders but for electronic publishing in general.

    The device takes eReader technology to a whole new level and will undoubtedly capture the public imagination in the same way as the iPod and iPhone did in its markets.


    2010 is the year the eReader will finally enter the public. And stay there.

    Avantages and disadvantages

    EReader – Comparison

    Apple iPad


  • phone – smaller than a laptop with connectivity options that are similar.
  • Can use any existing iPhone app (even if it’s just a larger scale and may seem strange)
  • Use a new chip 1Ghz Apple
  • 10 hours of battery life (very good compared to a laptop, very bad compared to a Kindle)
  • Cons:

    • and current data plans for ebook reading – up to $ 830 + $ 30 per month (prices in the UK might be £ 600-700 GBP)
    • Usability (keyboard on the screen compared to a real keyboard) – there is a platform with an integrated keyboard sold separately to correct this
    • . Heavier

    • a Kindle

    Amazon Kindle 2


      the high storage capacity
    • ;. more than 1,500 books
    • high performance battery, runs for several days after the charge .
    • free built-in support for wireless 3G. no need to search for access points Wi-Fi
    • download speed fast. download eBooks less than 1 minute
    • free access to digital magazines, newspapers, Wikipedia and more than 1,000 blogs.
    • Documents created in Microsoft Word and PDF files can be sent directly by email Kindle to 2.
    • Support
    • full text conversion of speech-users can listen to books.
    • has a stylish look with enhanced display improved to 16 gray levels scale electronic .
    • Saves users money. NY Times best-selling book on Kindle costs less than half the price of Hardcovers (approx.)


  • At a price of $ 359, the player is very expensive.
  • No color display.
  • The battery is not replaceable. If power cells die, the device is unusable. repair costs $ 60 + shipping).
  • No external memory card slot is no way to expand storage capacity
  • documents and PDF files via e-mail for the reader must be converted before the opening.
  • The device does not have an impact resistant cover, which costs an additional $ 30.
  • Barnes and Nook



  • high resolution paper display separate color LCD touch screen makes reading pleasant and easy navigation.
  • Free Support for the wireless data network and Wi-Fi hotspots
  • high memory capacity

  • ;. 1,500 + pounds, and up to 2 GB extension of a Micro SD card
  • battery can be removed and replaced by the user.
  • Allows users to read e-books of many free, while browsing the store B & N
  • few ebooks can be shared among friends for free, even using different devices eReader.
  • Full compatibility with the technologies of electronic publishing allows users to read e-books in most formats of popular eBooks, as well as free books Google.
  • meal can also display image files and play MP3 tracks.
  • PDF files and e-books already held by the user can transfer directly to the device.
  • device runs on Google Android.
  • Cons:

  • slow to start and access titles Library.
  • frequent use of the touch screen LCD can significantly affect battery life.
  • No support for Microsoft Word documents and text files.
  • few notable bugs in the software.
  • No book may be downloaded outside of the United States, via the same wireless network
  • not comes with a lid, must be purchased separately.
  • Sony Reader


  • Widescreen ePaper size facilitates easy reading. In some models, it is also tactile, hassle-free navigation for free.
  • Most models can play AAC files to MP3 and clear audio.
  • full metal body improves durability and resistance against physical impacts.
  • looks much better than the current crop of eReaders.
  • Supports document formats
  • over Kindle and Nook.
  • Less expensive than other e-readers on

  • the market more offers $ 150 credit if spend over $ 299 in Sony’s online store.
  • Cons:

  • Limited collection of titles available in the bookstore Sony.
  • device must be connected to a PC to transfer e-books.
  • device does not support wireless networks or Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Skiff Reader

    Pros :

  • The device sports unbreakable, touch screen, comprising a flexible sheet of plastic coated steel, improved sustainability.
  • touch screen allowing the user to change text size and turn pages quickly.
  • Massive 11.5 inches screen, supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200, which allows comfortable reading
  • .

  • Users will be able to transfer files from a PC via USB or wireless network. Support for the 3G network is available through Sprint.
  • unit ships with 4 GB of memory Onboard, 3 GB is used to store data.
  • large memory, 4 GB, 3 GB is used to store data. Memory capacity can be expanded via other card Micro SD.
  • Cons:

    No information is available on the drawbacks, the device is not yet on sale.

    EnTourage eDGe.


  • It is essentially a device 3-in-1, and can fulfill the roles of an eBook reader, netbook, and a smartphone.
  • Part eReader has a touch screen LCD high-resolution display, enabling hassle-free navigation and comfortable reading.
  • high resolution LCD touch screen lets you navigate and hassle free comfortable reading.
  • It works on system operating Google Android.
  • unit ships with an integrated video camera, allowing users to record videos in 3GP and MP4.
  • Cons:

    No information on the drawbacks will be available until the device is released in February 2010.


    Plastic Que


  • high resolution, flexible LED screen, allowing you to navigate and hassle free comfortable reading.
  • screen resistant to physical shock.
  • eBooks

  • support, Microsoft Word documents, Excel and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Cons:

  • At $ 649, it is eReaders one of the most expensive ever.
  • online business partner of Barnes & Noble has launched its own eReader, meals, causing concern on the securities it will download via Quebec.
  • cons others will be known once the unit arrives in stores in April 2010.
  • About YUDU Media: YUDU Media is an award-winning provider of innovative publishing online digital magazines, newspapers, catalogs and books, helping businesses and individuals around the world benefit from growth in the online edition and reading. With offices in London, Lancashire and Boston, MA, YUDU offers advanced features for professional publishing with YUDU PROANDES free publication on the eLibrary and the market that allows publishers to promote, share and sell their publications and other digital content with world.

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