E-Books on Tablets Fight Digital Distractions - Julie Bosman and Matt Richtel via NYTimes.com
There are signs that publishers are cooling on tablets for e-reading. A recent survey by Forrester Research showed that 31 percent of publishers believed iPads and similar tablets were the ideal e-reading platform; one year ago, 46 percent thought so.
“The tablet is like a temptress,” said James McQuivey, the Forrester Research analyst who led the survey. “It’s constantly saying, ‘You could be on YouTube now.’ Or it’s sending constant alerts that pop up, saying you just got an e-mail. Reading itself is trying to compete.”
But it’s just the very capable tablets that they dislike. Publishers love the cheap black-and-white e-readers, that don’t do anything except let people read books:
But Mr. McQuivey of Forrester said that it was more likely that tablets would eventually edge out black-and-white e-readers. “The historical precedent suggests that’s the case,” he said, citing the Palm Pilot, digital point-and-shoot cameras and portable GPS systems for the car as items that have been gradually displaced by multifunction devices. “There’s less and less reason to have these as stand-alone devices.”
Yes. I have found my iPhone to provide a great reading experience, for example, so I wouldn’t contemplate buying a dedicated e-reader, now.