Sony, in its latest attempt to compete head-on with Amazon's Kindle's and Barnes & Noble's Nook success is attempting to open a storefront online of its own. In spite of a previous failure at a similar venture back in 2005, is Sony ready for a comeback? And if not, does Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook win in this year's Holiday Sweepstakes?
* * *
UPDATE- January 6, 2010 : Sony's Daily Readers are now available at Amazon. After the holidays, I posted the following updates- "Kindle, Sony, Nook vs Apple, Google, Microsoft - One Trick Ponies vs Multimedia Devices" and "Kindle, Nook and Sony - E-book Reader Comparison Reports".
UPDATE- February 9, 2010: This posting talks about how the 'tablet' devices might overtake the e-Readers "Tablet Wars: iPad vs HP Slate vs JooJoo vs Dell Mini 5 vs Archos7 vs Notion Ink Adam"
UPDATE- April 8, 2010: Kindle and Nook go retail - Kindles will now be available at Target Stores, while the Nooks are on sale at Best Buy - " Kindle vs Nook, Target vs Best Buy - eBook Readers Go Retail!"
UPDATE- May 2, 2010: Kindle adds new differentiators to compete with iPads and Sony Readers. Is it enough? - "Kindle's New Features OutPad The iPads & OutRead
The Sony Readers?"
UPDATE- May 18, 2010: Kindle goes multi-plaform by adapting to Android, following iPhone, iPad and Blackberry versions - "Kindle
Stars On Android After Successful Guest Appearances On iPhone, iPad
UPDATE - May 30, 2010: Kindle's next-generation scheduled for August, 2010 - "Kindles Might Be Getting Thinner, But No Color, Nor
UPDATE - June 22, 2010: E-Reader Wars are heating up with price-slashing! - "E-Reader Price Wars Pit Kindle vs Nook, While iPad
UPDATE - July 1, 2010: Kindle DX comes out in 'black' to compete with you-know-who? - "Kindle DX vs The Lord Voldemort of Tablet Device"
UPDATE - July 20, 2010: Kindle sales exceed traditional hardcover sales - "Reports Of The Death Of The Kindle Are Slightly Over
UPDATE - July 29, 2010: Kindle needs to reduce their price-point to $49 - "The $49 Kindle Was The Only Question Not Asked By Charlie Rose"
UPDATE - October 12, 2010: E-Readers added to Libraries lending programs - Kindles, Sony & Nook e-Readers Allowing Libraries To Thrive In Information Age?
UPDATE - November 7, 2010: Kindle has been found to scale the "Great Firewall" of China - Social Media Leaps The "Great Firewall" Of China With Kindle In Black Market
UPDATE - November 11, 2010: Amazon criticized by social media for releasing objectionable books in print and on Kindle - "Social Media Outraged By Amazon's Objectionable Titles"
UPDATE - December 27, 2010 - Check out all of the resources for free Kindle Books - "Kindle Gets Booked On Several Counts Of Free Content"
UPDATE - February 8, 2011 - New Kindle features update - check it our here- "Kindle's New Social Media Features Sends Message:'You Are What You Read'"
UPDATE - November 9, 2011 - Sony still trying to compete - "Sony Reader Wi-Fi Touch VS Kindle Wi-Fi"
UPDATE - November 22, 2011 - Kindle is on fire - find out why? "Kindle Fire Review: 5 Things Amazon's New Tablet Is Missing"
UPDATE - November 23, 2011 - Nook Tablet expanding its functionality - "Nook Tablet is Kindle Fire’s worthy foe"
* * *
While Sony will link its products to its vast library of digital content, the biggest difference with Amazon and Barnes & Noble is that in addition to selling product, according to a Money Times report at Sony's online service will permit visitors to tap into their preference for social networking by allowing them to create an account where they can upload their videos, photos and other digital content.
Unfortunately a Business Week article indicated the store will not make the holiday deadline and will open some time first quarter in 2010.
Another set-back for Sony are the number of reports flooding in, that the company cannot guarantee its new Daily Edition Reader will reach online buyers in time for Christmas.
Sony is currently taking pre-orders on its site for the $399 Daily. But it's telling buyers that the device will ship between December 18th and the first week of January. And the product won’t reach physical stores until January.
This is unfortunate, since Sony's success with their e-Readers was gaining significant traction in recent months (read my previous blog, "Sony Reader vs Amazon's Kindle - Battle For e-Readership!")
Barnes and Noble experiencing similar issues says that pre-orders of its stylish new Nook e-Reader have exceeded expectations and the company has sold out its initial supply. Anyone promising a friend or loved one a Nook for Christmas will have to provide them with a gift certificate and an apology. Barnes & Noble says the earliest that customers will receive their devices is January 4.
Amazon had similar problems in previous years but now appears to have figured out how to meet the demand for Christmas 2009. That leaves the Kindle as the most prominent wireless e-Reader available for the holidays, although Sony is still selling two non-wireless Readers, The Pocket and The Touch, which must be plugged into PCs to download books.
See some of the feature enhancements of this year's new Kindle 2 in this CNet video...
Also if you're a graphic novel fan, comics have made their way to the Kindle library in a big way! Out of hundreds of adaptions, see the "Top Ten Graphic Novels for Kindle."
So it looks like Amazon's Kindle is the big winner this holiday season! And perhaps to rub 'salt into the wounds,----> this just in from Amazon spokesman, Drew Herdener - referring to the Nook, he wrote, “Kindle is 40 percent thinner, 10 percent lighter, with 2 times the battery life. It’s the best-selling, the most wished-for, and the most gifted product on Amazon across all product categories — not just electronics. Kindle manufacturing is humming, and the latest generation Kindle — just released in October — is in stock and available for immediate shipment today.”
Santa BezosSo hats off to Santa Bezos, even if he did steal the name of his online store from some folks in South America.