My very first post back in August of last year examined Amazon’s attempt to disrupt the publishing industry through the release of their Kindle reading device. The irony, of course, was that while Amazon was looking to Apple and the iPod and iTunes as inspiration their plans were most likely to be thwarted (or, at least, complicated) in the long term by Apple:
Apple could very well launch an e-reader of its own, one that vastly improves on Amazon’s market-leading Kindle. Specifically, Apple could develop a reader that utilizes their leading touchscreen technology so that readers can intuitively flip through pages of magazines or books (a feature the Kindle currently lacks), develop their reader so that media is presented in color (the Kindle is gray scale), and provide a larger viewing screen. And while Steve Jobs has previously denied a desire to get into the e-reader market, Apple is apparently full-go towards developing and launching their own tablet computer. Such a device could be a “Kindle-killer”.
After months of speculation, it appears we will get our first look at Apple’s tablet on January 27th which will likely ship in March of this year. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that HarperCollins is in negotiations with Apple to make their titles available in an enhanced electronic format for the release of Apple’s tablet: Continue reading