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Tablets Versus E-Readers

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As we head into the holiday shopping season, the stage is set for a literal war of words, as the battle over tablets versus e-readers continues.

Just a few years after they became a favorite of those who love to read, some are ready to write the obituary on e-readers.

Neither Amazon nor Barnes & Noble will release figures on their Kindles or Nooks, but sales of both are said to have noticeably fallen off.

"I wouldn't say it hasn't gone off a cliff or a fiscal cliff, if you will, but it's definitely leveled off," says David Carnoy, executive editor of CNET.com, a popular tech media website. Still, Carnoy thinks e-reader sales will pick right up again with the holidays because of the plummeting price tag.

"These dedicated e-readers are becoming so cheap," Carnoy explains, "it's just another item that people are gonna buy."

However, others in the tech world say e-readers are being rendered redundant -- even obsolete -- by tablet computers that offer so much more than just... reading.

But Carnoy believes that's the e-reader's appeal. "The one thing that people complain about is that they're distracted when they use these tablets," he says. "There are games on them, there are movies, and really if you're going to do reading, a lot of people just like having that dedicated e-reading device."

Carnoy says the LCD screens of tablets aren't as easy to read, especially outside. Plus, e-reader batteries last so much longer.

Carnoy also adds that e-readers have never been about the hardware. "Ultimately, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ... really just want you using their platform to buy books," he says. "It's really about the books."

To borrow a thought from Mark Twain... Maybe the rumors of the e-reader's demise are greatly exaggerated.




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