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Happy New Year and Adieu, dear readers

I've been writing for Ziff-Davis, ZD Net and their many facets for almost two decades. It is just a few months short of 19th anniversary of the first time my byline appeared in MacWEEK, in fact, as I write this last posting at Rational Rants.

December 27, 2009 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Updating Kindles sold estimate: 1.49 million

Based on the ever-vague guidance provided by in the form of obscure comments from CEO and Founder Jeff Bezos and fluffy PR releases, such as today's holiday sales update, I'm continuing to update my educated guesswork on the number of Kindles sold.

December 26, 2009 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Zombie Alert: CrunchPad rises from grave

Last week, Mike Arrington announced the death of CrunchPad, his mythical $250 tablet for surfing the Web. This week, Arrington's former partner in the project, Fusion Garage, announced it will sell the device starting this Friday for $499, calling the product "JooJoo.

December 7, 2009 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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CrunchPad illusion after all

Mike Arrington has announced his CrunchPad web tablet, covered here, is "dead", blaming his manufacturing partner for cutting him out of the deal. In the frothy market that is media tablets, just as in other frothy markets Arrington has stirred up, this is a story suspiciously full of holes that make CrunchPad sound like a stunt all along rather than a real project.

November 30, 2009 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Updating Kindles-sold estimates: 1.072 million

Based on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' comments on the third quarter results for the company, Kindle sales are accelerating. Bezos is quoted: “Kindle has become the #1 bestselling item by both unit sales and dollars – not just in our electronics store but across all product categories on Amazon.

October 23, 2009 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Nook Clarified: Really solid progress for e-readers

Yesterday, I posted a long analysis of what I thought was right and strangely wrong about the Barnes & Noble Nook. Matt Miller today got a clarification about my main concern, which was that Barnes & Noble seemed to have said, according to several published reports, that Wi-Fi would work only in its stores at launch and be "opened up.

October 21, 2009 by Mitch Ratcliffe


B&N's Nook e-reader: Weirdly unrevolutionary

In addition to this posting, please visit this clarifications posting to get the whole picture. It would be nice to say, as Matt Miller has, that the e-book and e-reader market was revolutionized today.

October 20, 2009 by Mitch Ratcliffe