Samsung became the latest company to throw its hat into the e-reader ring, announcing two e-readers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Both the E6, Samsung's 6-inch e-reader, and the E101, its 10-inch version, will allow the reader to make notes on the screen with a built-in electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen. In addition to Samsung, a number of other manufacturers, including Spring Design and Plastic Logic, plan to debut e-readers at CES, while e-reader stalwart Amazon.com is perhaps attempting to check their momentum by introducing a new version of its oversized Kindle DX with global wireless capability.
LAS VEGAS-If it's flat and
computes, apparently, it's bound to be a hit at the 2010 Consumer Electronics
Show. That's one conclusion that can be drawn by the sheer proliferation of
tablet PCs, laptops with tablet-style functionality and e-readers at the event
being held here this week, which will draw an estimated 110,000 people.
Jan. 6, Samsung introduced two e-readers, one with a 6-inch screen and a
10-inch version, into a market segment already crowded with devices from
Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Plastic Logic, Spring Design, a Hearst
subsidiary and presumably others in the coming days.
suggested as part of its launch that the company's background in electronics
was fully leveraged in creating the e-readers.
used our expertise to create a high-quality e-book with today's on-the-go
consumer in mind," Young Bae, director of display marketing for Samsung Information
Technology Division, said in a statement. "Samsung is addressing a common
frustration that users experience with many of today's digital readers with a
stylus that allows them to annotate their favorite works or take notes. Coupled
with wireless functionality that enables sharing of content, this is truly a
E6, the 6-inch e-reader, and the E101, the 10-inch version, both allow the user
to make notes and other annotations directly on the screen with a built-in
electromagnetic resonance (EMR) stylus pen. Samsung
is claiming that the devices, which are equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and
integrated Bluetooth 2.0, will potentially have enough battery power for up to
two weeks of use on a single charge. The E6 will retail for $399, while the
E101 will cost $699; both will be available in early 2010.
escalation in the e-reader space included Amazon.com's Jan. 6 announcement that
it would introduce a new version of its large-screen e-reader, the Kindle DX,
with global wireless capability that will allow e-books to be delivered to the
device in over 100 countries. Scheduled to ship on Jan. 19 and retailing for
$489, the Kindle DX features a 9.7-inch electronic display, a built-in PDF
reader, 3G wireless connectivity and 3.3GB of storage.
emphasized in a release tied to the device that the Kindle DX will be capable
of displaying both personal and professional documents, even ones that are
highly formatted. This could be an attempt to head off some of the competitive
pressure from smaller e-reader manufacturers in the space, which have been
promoting their devices as ideal for porting personal documents and thus a
necessary tool for business travelers.
look so good on the big Kindle DC display that you'll find yourself changing
ink toner cartridges less often and printing fewer documents," Ian Freed, vice
president of Amazon.com's Kindle division, said in a Jan. 6
e-reader manufacturers have been attempting to carve out ground in the personal-document-reading
space, given how much of the mind share for actual e-books is dominated by
Amazon.com's Kindle line and Barnes & Noble's Nook e-reader. Both retailers
have massive e-book stores paired to proprietary devices that reportedly sold
well this holiday season.
also remains a longtime player in the e-reader market, having signed an
agreement with Google earlier in 2009 to make the search engine giant's Google
Books available to their e-reader line; other companies, including Spring Design
(whose Alex e-reader will also reportedly make an appearance at CES), have
announced similar deals with Google.
content may soon become another pitched battleground for e-readers seeking market
share. Amazon.com's Kindle DX statement highlighted the "80 top U.S. and international
newspapers" available in the Kindle Store for both single purchase and
subscription. Meanwhile, a subsidiary of mega publisher Hearst announced in
time for CES that it was debuting the Skiff Reader, a large-format e-reader
designed to display periodical content and other text on a slightly oversized
and durable 11.5-inch screen. This high degree of froth suggests, if nothing else, that the e-reader
landscape is still nascent; however, the devices that appear at CES, and
consumer reaction to them, will help determine how that landscape develops