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What Do You Think About The Apple iPad

Apple released the much awaited iPad earlier this week. But did it meet people’s expectations? well! as far as I am concerned these are my thoughts on the iPad:

First of all, it’s hard for me to understand whether there is at all a need for this device. I mean it is not clear what the core purpose or usability of the iPad is. it is no doubt not a full fledged replacement of a laptop – we would always need most of the MS office suite (Word. PowerPoint, Excel) to work with (working on these through apps is of course possible but might not be the most convenient experience). Moreover it cannot even replace an iPod or an iPhone and I don’t think someone who already owns a Mac, iPhone and an iPod is going to shell out another $500-$800 for a forth device with same functionalities  as that of the existing devices.

Secondly, this is yet another attempt by Steve Jobs to roll back the trend towards more open source platforms.  I  mean Jobs seems to be clearly moving closer to his vision of a series of proprietary stores —music, movies, books, and so forth — all controlled by Apple.

I think the primary use of the iPad is as an eBook Reader. Apple might have just wanted to get into the eBook Reader device market and pose serious competition to Amazon’s Kindle but just to be little different is offering some more functionalities than just what a simple eReader would offer. But I guess even as an eReader the iPad falls short.  iPad is using the ePub format as compared to the e-ink format that is being used in Kindle and we all know what the two primary advantages of e-ink are – longer battery life and superior readability due the the bright backround light. If eBook is the only functioanlity that iPad is intending to offer (I mean in addition to the functionalities of the existing iPhone, iPod) then why not buy a Kindle at less than half the price($259) of an iPad.

Soething to think about….

There are some more reasons why the iPad failed to meet users’ expectations:“As per Hitler”

  • “The iPad won’t support multitasking”
  • “They didn’t give it a camera, fine. But it’s on AT&T!  How am I supposed to use their crappy network?”
  • “eBooks?  If I wanted eBooks, I’d buy a Kindle.”
  • “It could have single-handedly destroyed netbooks.  But what do we get instead? An oversized iPod Touch!”
  • “It can’t even make phone calls!”
  • “I wanted to watch videos of lolcats while laying on the couch. But no, they won’t even give it flash support.”

All of these sound even more genuine when we hear the Hitler saying so….enjoy the video

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places to get ebooks from for your ebook readers

1) Mobipocket

Catalogue :  65,000 titles
Price :$14
Formats : Mobi
Exception: Nook, Sony Reader

2) Project Gutenberg

Catalogue: 30,000 titles
Price: Not Available
Formats: ePub, Mobi, HTML
Exceptions: None

3) CyberRead

Catalogue: 310,000 titles
Price: $14
Formats: ePub, PDF, Mobi
Exceptions: None

4) Waterstone’s

Catalogue: 21,000
Price: Not Available
Formats: ePub
Exceptions: Kindle

5) eBooks.com

Catalogue: Unknown
Price: $14
Formats: ePub, PDF, Mobi
Exceptions: None

6) Cambridge University Press

Catalogue: Small
Price: Not Available
Formats: ePub, PDF, Mobi
Exceptions: None

7) Diesel

Catalogue: 1.4 million
Price: $14
Formats: PDF, Mobi
Exceptions: None

8 ) Powells

Catalogue: Unknown
Price: $12.43
Formats: ePUB & ACS4
Exceptions: Kindle

9) Penguin

Catalogue: 3171
Price: Not available
Formats: ePUB
Exceptions: Kindle

10) Epic

Catalogue: Unknown
Price: $14
Formats: Mobi
Exceptions: Nook, Sony Reader
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BISG report on e-book industry!

Some quick findings from the report:

  • Roughly 1/5 of survey respondents said they’ve stopped purchasing print books within the past 12 months in favor of acquiring the e-book editions.
  • Most survey respondents said they prefer to share e-books across devices. Only 28% said they would “definitely” purchase an e-book with Digital Rights Management (DRM); men were more likely than women to say they would not buy an e-book with DRM.
  • Survey respondents indicated a clear preference for e-reader devices used as of November 2009, with computers coming in first (47%), followed by the Kindle (32%), and other e-reader devices at roughly 10% apiece.
  • Although certainly growing, 81% of survey respondents say they currently purchase an e-book only “rarely” or “occasionally.”

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Chip makers are having fun as ebook readers become more famous

Texas Instrument understanding that the ebook market is destined to become huge, recently decided to offer a bundle of chip and software for the ebook readers. They claim that the new chip should help make the device smaller and faster.

Good completion between chip makers in this market would be great for the consumer, hopefully leading to a better device at a lower price.

Full story here

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another one enters the ebook reader market – many more to come

2010 is truly going to be the year of ebooks and ebook devices. The expected number of devices sold in 2010 is around 10 million. That is a huge number and it will surely keep rising (till everyone on the earth has an ebook :)).

I am assuming that in next 12 months all the existing OEMs would come up with atleast one ebook devices (dont be surprised if few come out with more than one)

Samsung in a news conference today revealed that it is working on a device and it will be launched soon.

some details about the device from Liliputting

“The Samsung E6 and E101 will be 6 and 10 inch eBook readers, respectively. They’ll both have ePaper displays and Samsung is partnering with Google to provide access to the million or so digital books available through Google Books.

Here are a few things that set the Samsung E6 and Samsung E101 apart from at least some of their competitors:

  • Handwriting recognition capabilities when using a stylus
  • Bluetooth and 802.11b/g WiFi support
  • A slide-out base with navigation controllers”
  • Waiting for similar announcements from other like HTC,LG,Sony and many many more

    It will be interesting to see what format these devices support. I believe 2010 will be remembered as the year that shaped the future of ebooks worlwide

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    Ebook reading devices sales projections – huge potential

    2009 : 4 million devices

    2010: 12 million

    2012: 18 million

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    Is this the right time to buy an ebook reader?

    An intersting ananlysis of the existing option in the markets with their advantages and disadvantages. The author concludes that the users should wait few more months before buying the device.

    Full article here

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