Tablet e-readers: Good or bad for the book biz?

I’ve been watching with great interest the release of the new Kindle Fire tablet e-reader as well as that of the upcoming Nook Tablet. Is seems as if everyone is counting on these devices to lead us into the next generation of reading. I haven’t ordered one (yet). I want to actually get my hands on each and compare and contrast them before making a decision, so I’ll wait until they are available in stores. I have to wonder, though, will these tablets really be as good for the book business as everyone is touting?

I have an old-fashioned Kindle. It’s gray. It’s kind of boring looking. It has some limited functionality for games and Internet browsing, but…well it’s gray and boring. This may be bad for those who want to use their e-readers for a variety of activities. It is good for those who want to read.

I worry that with colorful, powerful new tablets in hand, potential readers may be seduced into browsing the web, watching video, and playing games instead of reading. It will be interesting to see if the reader with a new Kindle Fire buys as many books as she did on her plain, boring Kindle, or if she’ll dawdle away all that potential reading time playing on Facebook.

What do you think? Will tablets continue the charge of e-reading, or hurt e-book sales?

3 Responses to “Tablet e-readers: Good or bad for the book biz?”

  1. 1 A. C. Cockerill November 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Vickie, Just got a black-and-white Kindle with E-Ink to minimize eye-strain. Love it. For color…might as well get a new computer. Cheers, Ashley

  2. 2 Kristin Mosblech November 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Hey Vickie- I’ve had the same concerns. I have Kindle, Nook, iBooks apps. on my ipad and I have to honestly say I am distracted by many, many other things, even though I fully intended to just sit down and read. It’s for this reason, I won’t get my kids anything but the plain, old boring Kindle for reading purposes, even though they have been begging for a Nook Color for a while.

    • 3 vickietaylor November 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      I know I would be the same way, Kristin. If there’s a distraction to be had out there (Oh, shiny!) I’m on it. I didn’t mean to sound like I don’t like my Kindle. I absolutely adore my plain, boring Kindle and I’m reading more than ever since I got it. As long as no one figures out how to make it play Words with Friends or Angry Birds, I’m happy!

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