The coming explosion!
Since my last rather ranty post about e-readers & such electronic devices, the field has gotten crowded with competitors and announcements. 2010 is totally going to be the year of the e-reader!
Time previews some of the new devices
Barnes & Noble will have their own reader for customers
Amazon answers with a price cut & international Kindle access!
Speculations over tablet PCs from Asus and Apple include e-reader capabilities & design
LG’s solar powered reader has promising niche appeal, could be huge in remote/rural places & emerging markets like Africa, etc.
And bloggers do the roundup of developments at the AtlanticWire
What this all boils down to, of course, is that computing is becoming even more mobile and interactive. Being able to manipulate interfaces directly a la the iPhone makes tablets ultra-droolworthy, and the emergence of a mainstream e-reader market has come from the desire of the contemporary reader to engage with text flexibly & digitally. Our silicon ways (wouldn’t that make a great band name?) have brought us to an interesting juncture – truly ubiquitous computing may be right at our fingertips.