Great Debate won: E-readers will survive with us past the end of the world

Great Debate won: E-readers will survive with us past the end of the world

Summary: E-readers off the best distraction-free experience for reading in an electronic format and will continue to sell even with tablets.

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Great Debate won: E-readers will survive with us past the end of the world

I participated in another ZDNet Great Debate this week where I argued that tablets will not make e-readers extinct. People have been saying that converged devices will wipe out dedicated devices (point and shoot cameras) and for the most part (personal navigation devices are mostly gone) that has not happened yet. E-readers offer many advantages over tablets, especially for those who are serious about reading. Casual readers may be fine with a tablet or smartphone, but nothing electronic beats an eInk device.

Adrian made some great points in his argument and I do think that devices like the iPad are the e-reader of choice for many people. I have written here a few times that a distraction free environment on an eInk device gives me a much better experience and continue to find my Kindle Paperwhite to be my primary device for reading. The audience favored my side of the argument and Rachel awarded me the win in the end too. If we take a look at this issue in a couple of years then the numbers may be reversed, but for now go out and pick up a sub-$100 e-reader for yourself or a family member this holiday season.

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  • Probably not to the end of the world

    The electrical infrastructure might all go bye-bye before that and we'll all have to learn new trades. Paper books, on the other hand, will probably last to the end of the world and beyond.
    John L. Ries
  • Probably not to the end of the world

    The electrical infrastructure might all go bye-bye before that and we'll all have to learn new trades. Paper books, on the other hand, will probably last to the end of the world and beyond.
    John L. Ries
  • Technology

    We will eventually see a screen that will combine the best features of both as no one wants to damage their eyesight.
    primartcloud
  • The Main Problem Is Price

    An e-reader is a one-trick pony, while a small tablet gives you the same functionality plus a whole lot extra. In order to compete, e-readers need to be a whole lot cheaper, but as far as I can see, they're not. And tablets have come down even more in price lately, making e-readers even less attractive.
    ldo17