What is the real affect that the iPad will have on eReaders

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Sonny Burnett, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. Sonny Burnett

    Sonny Burnett
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    Messages:
    752
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Even though much has been made of iBooks, it doesn't seem to be getting that much attention on the iPad. It seems that the app focus is more around media presentation and entertainment than reading.

    With some eReaders being within $100.00 of the entry level iPad what advantage would a consumer have not to spend the $100.00 more for the iPad.

    Will this drive the eReader price down significantly, say $99.00?

    I can see a day when the major periodical publishers will give away a free eReader with 2 year subscriptions.
     
  2. DavidNM

    DavidNM
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Messages:
    548
    Thanks Received:
    0
    I know I gave my Kindle 2 to my daughter along with the books I've bought - then I'll sign up for the Kindle app for my iPad and be able to use the same books. I would bet that it turns more people on to e-books. Amazon really didn't make any money on their Kindle - $250 with free ATT service. They make money on books.
     
  3. figmo10

    figmo10
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2010
    Messages:
    517
    Thanks Received:
    3
    When the Kindle was introduced, our household bought two. In anticipation of the iPad, I've sold one and will consider selling the other if we're pleased with the app.
     
  4. mpengle

    mpengle
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Messages:
    26
    Thanks Received:
    0
    The only thing I know the Nook and Kindle having going for them now is the non-backlit screen. For some people it is easier on the eyes if you read a lot. For me, who is used to staring at a computer screen for hours on end, it doesn't really matter.
     
  5. Seadog

    Seadog
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Guru

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    2,522
    Thanks Received:
    52
    I have been reading on my laptop for weeks, and find it easy to read. No benefit to the Kindle for me.
     
  6. Greg G

    Greg G
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Fan

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    Messages:
    168
    Thanks Received:
    2
    The iPad replaces my Sony Reader. I had a chance to read with it for a few weeks before deciding to return the WiFi iPad in favor of waiting for 3G. I have to tell you it is hard to go back to the Sony. I agree that the E-Ink text is eye friendly when you are under bright light (especially sun light) but reading in bed or in not so well lit rooms is way better on the iPad. Also, I really like the larger size - I found myself considering landscape mode when I switched back. Don't get me wrong, once you get lost in the book it really does not matter what you are reading on - it is all about the book. The only downside I see with using the iPad for reading is that it is really easy to pick it up in bed with the intent of reading for a few minutes before going to sleep and end up surfing the net, playing a game, or stalking the app store and find that you stayed up way too late!

    -Greg
     
    #6 Greg G, Apr 24, 2010
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2010
  7. arshield

    arshield
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Fan

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    Messages:
    208
    Thanks Received:
    0
    I think most people that buy the ipad are not buying primarily for reading, those people will read occationally and some of those will become primarily ebook readers. The vast majority of books are purchased by a small group of people (I have heard 80% of books purchased by 10% of households - on average each person in the US spend $8 a year on books.)

    So I think most heavy readers either don't like ebooks, or will gravitate to dedicated readers, at least for now.

    I know lots of people claim LCD does not bother their eyes for long periods of time, and they are right. But about 20 percent of people are very affected by LCD. I saw a comparison where several journalist read full books on ipad and kindle. During they day they all liked kindle better after a full book. But at night there was a split between those that like the kindle with reading lamp and those that like the ipad.
     
  8. Rasputina

    Rasputina
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2010
    Messages:
    307
    Thanks Received:
    0
    My iphone replaced my kindle ever since the Kindle for iphone app came out last year. Now I'm mostly reading on ipad, and using iphone once in awhile to read on. ibooks is winning me over, except that Amazon still has a better selection and I have a lot of kindle books since I've had it for 2 years. Apple will need to vastly increase their content in the ibookstore if they really want to compete. The ibookstore's ebook formatting is often much better than Amazons kindle versions though.
     
  9. mcfadyen

    mcfadyen
    Expand Collapse
    iPF Noob

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2010
    Messages:
    7
    Thanks Received:
    0
    I've already sold my Kindle and I'm not looking back! :D
     
  10. gentlefury

    gentlefury
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Guru

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2010
    Messages:
    2,617
    Thanks Received:
    7
    I think e-readers will still serve a need, as long as, as the OP said the price drops dramatically. If you could pick up an e-reader for $100 then it would be worth using it as a reader...if it's $400 and iPad is $500 it's kinda pointless.
     

Share This Page