Will textbooks be the biggest e-reader market in five years?
November 28, 2009 | 1:39 pm
So predicts Sarah Epps at Forrester Research. I have mixed feelings about this. Given a choice of only one portable device for students, I’d rather they get netbooks (or larger laptops) that could double as tablets.
Hey, we want students to write, too, and beyond that, the current E Ink readers can be disasters for people with disabilities, as Robert Kingett (photo) will tell you. Let’s hope that changes.
Current shares of the dedicated e-reader market: 60 percent Kindle, 35 percent Sony, according to Forrester.
More numbers: Forrester expects dedicated e-reader sales to reach six million units next year, double the present number. Color screens, expected for E Ink in time, could help tremendously, as I see it. So could the versatile Pixel Qi technology, which has both a color and e-reading mode.
Related: Sony Readers are replacing paper textbooks at Toronto high school: Why I’m thrilled as a teacher, an informative post by Ficbot.