What you won't see at CES: Ebook readers

Summary:While hot in years past, don't expect to see many ebook readers at this year's CES.

CES coverage is everywhere you look across the world-wide web as it is the biggest consumer electronic show in the U. S. That's why you are being bombarded with coverage about Ultrabooks and tablets, the hot topics of this year's show. What you likely won't see in this year's show is the lowly ebook reader. It seems Amazon and Barnes & Noble have effectively locked up the category.

The past few years has seen small companies pushing their latest and greatest ebook readers to the CES crowd. The growth of the ebook industry has never been in doubt, and as usually happens companies want to cash in on the coin flow. Even CE giants Sony and Sharp have jumped in with their ebook readers in the past, but this year it's all strangely silent.

B&N and Amazon have driven just about everyone else out of the ebook reader sector, especially since the most recent foray into tablets. The Kindle Fire and B&N Nook Tablet are reported to be selling like hotcakes, further eroding consumer demand for the lowly ebook reader. Why get a limited reader when you can have a hot tablet for just a few bucks more?

So don't expect to see many ebook readers on the CES show floor, and if you do it will be a fluke. Most likely you won't see them later in the marketplace, at least not for long. It's pretty much game over for the rest of the ebook reader crowd.

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Topics: Mobility, Hardware


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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