Enterprise Mobility: Impressive Library of E-Readers Unveiled at CES: Plastic Logic, iRiver, Amazon Kindle DX
E-readers were hot at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, with a number of companies big and small showing off new devices at the event. While e-readers may have begun life as simple screens on which to display text, a number of the devices on view at CES included broad new functionality that makes them more akin to netbooks or other ultra-portable computers. Among those functions: the ability to send and receive email, take notes with a touchscreen stylus, listen to MP3 files, and take notes with either a virtual or physical QWERTY keyboard. E-readers were immensely popular at the show. However, their popularity has increased suspicion on the part of certain analysts and pundits that the still-nascent market is already becoming over-saturated. Whether or not all of the following e-readers will survive a market glut, their presence at CES demonstrated what's possible in this rapidly expanding tech area.