Looks like Amazon took back the lead for dedicated ebook readers

Looks like Amazon took back the lead for dedicated ebook readers

Summary: I love using the new generation of touchscreen ebook readers, but it looks like Amazon may have jumped back out into the lead with the two new readers announced today.

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In July I stated that the new Nook was the best dedicated ebook reader and then a couple weeks later wrote that the Kobo eReader Touch beat it out and have been using the Kobo eReader Touch every day since then. With today's new Kindle and Kindle Touch I believe that Amazon may have taken the dedicated ebook crown back from both Barnes & Noble and Kobo yet again.

I just pre-ordered a Kindle Touch and will test it out against both of these other touchscreen ebook readers, but with Amazon's store, ecosystem (apps on nearly every other mobilbe platform), and new support for public libraries I don't see many reasons to go with anything other than one of these new low cost Amazon ebook readers.

Topics: Hardware, Amazon, Mobility

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  • RE: Looks like Amazon took back the lead for dedicated ebook readers

    Amazon never lost the lead. Personally, I'll stick with the Nook. Amazon is getting to big and it needs competitors so it is kept in check.
    mbkavka@...
  • I still have my 2nd gen Kindle

    And do not see a need to replace it even with these new ones coming out. If it ever does need replacement, I will get a new Kindle. Do that many people just toss their old one & get a new one every time Amazon releases a new gen Kindle?
    tgschmidt
    • RE: Looks like Amazon took back the lead for dedicated ebook readers

      @tgschmidt I still have my 1st gen kindle & love it , it works as well as the day I got it. Love it !
      SBillyard
  • Amazon still fails in one key area.

    The only way you couldn't see any reason to go with anything other than "one of those [gee wiz brand-] new low cost Amazon ebook readers" would be if you were advertising for Amazon. What about Kindle's continued proprietary formatting plus their lack of native support for the EPUB standard? If a publisher puts an ebook anywhere on the market other than Amazon, you're SOL. Other than being tied to Amazon's content delivery system without choices, though, it's great!

    The Kindle is only better than the competition in a world without competition, which is what you seem to be wistfully imagining. Either that, or you wrongly assume that the device itself IS the content.
    gorbos
  • RE: Looks like Amazon took back the lead for dedicated ebook readers

    Your "Quick Tour" link it broken. It only displays the same picture when you click on the link.
    rickhal
  • Who makes the touch on Kindle?

    Is it Toucho technology or same touch I.e Neonode Zforce, found on Kobo and Nook?
    boardwalk97
  • RE: Looks like Amazon took back the lead for dedicated ebook readers

    Qualify that heading with the words, in the United States of America and you could be correct. You publish to the world WIDE web so you may want to qualify your sweeping editorial comment. As of this date none of the the new kindles are available anywhere but the USA so your whole article is skewed - as usual. As for me, the Kobo Touch is the winner. It's not proprietary and I can borrow books from my nation's libraries which I can't do even on old gen kindles
    recycleo
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