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Kindles Might Be Getting Thinner, But No Color, Nor Touch-Screen?

Anonymous reports indicated to Bloomberg that the next-generation of Kindle's electronic-book reader will roll-out yet this summer. The Kindle uses a black-and-white screen that mimics the appearance of paper. The new version will have sharper contrast that makes e-books look more like real books, the people familiar with the product said.

According to the report, the device will be thinner and offer a more 'responsive' screen with greater clarity, but won't include color nor a touch-screen?  Facing stiff competition from Apple's iPad, it is hard to understand why Kindle wouldn't have made this technological leap?

Graphic novels like "Crude Behavior" are selling well at Amazon's Kindle Store, but in 16 shades of gray, it pales in comparison to finding that same graphic novel available at FifoBooks in 99 pages of living color, with touch-screen functionality - and at the same price!



According to Peter Burrows and Joseph Galante who compiled the report for Bloomberg, they noted that the "new Kindle may be aimed more at Amazon.com’s original e-reader competitors -- Sony Corp. and Barnes & Noble," (versus iPad)" based on input from James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research."

“It’s probably likely that Amazon already had this one in mind, more out of a response to Sony than out of any response to Apple,” McQuivey said. Amazon.com may not  still not view iPad as their most critical competitor this year.

Kindle vs Nook & Sony ReaderKindle vs Nook & Sony ReaderSony is taking on the Kindle with a touch-screen reader, which it introduced last year. Barnes & Noble’s Nook device made its debut in October.The Kindle currently sells for $259, the same price as the Nook. Sony sells its touch-screen device for $199. The iPad starts at $499.

About 6 million eReaders will be sold this year, up from 3 million last year, according to Forrester Research Inc. The Kindle has inched up to 60 percent of the U.S. market. So as popular as this device continues to be, one can only wonder how much more of the market it could garner if it put its engineers on task to create the first "color" Kindle, with touch-screen functionality.

For further updates on Kindle and the competitive eReader market, check out, "Kindle vs Nook & Sony Reader." That particular posting has attracted over 250,000 page-views since Christmas, 2009 - and continues to be updated.

Comments
May 30, 2010
by Anonymous

Touchscreen

Color would be good, but I hope they don't add a iPad-like touchscreen. The e-ink display is what makes the Kindle nice. Some of us like getting away from the monitor to read. The e-ink displays are as close to paper as I can get without actually having paper. I love that.

It would be really cool if there was something like touchscreen e-ink that was sensitive enough to write on. That would make the Kindle extremely valuable for students. I would love something that allowed me to store research papers AND take notes. (I study formal logic. Note-taking with a laptop is really difficult and distracting.) I think that's the extent of my Kindle touchscreen dream. :-)

May 30, 2010
by Anonymous

Why Do You Need Color?

Color screen are for people who read books with pictures. Kindle is for people who read real books, which have always been in black and white.

May 31, 2010
by Anonymous

I think you missed the point...

It seems you are missing the purpose of eReaders - they are designed as replacements for books which are generally read for hours. The ink technology is expensive but does not consume power unless changing pages unlike a tablet like the iPad.

The touchscreen is perhaps an oversight on the part of Amazon. I own a Sony Touch Edition and upload all my journal articles and lecture notes and can make notes with the stylus. Perhaps thought there is no demand in the Kindle market for such functionality?

With the AsusTek EeeTablet coming later this year, which is another e-ink touchscreen reader, it will be interesting to see the response from Amazon then.

Jun 9, 2010
by Anonymous

Quite Glad of No Touchscreen

To be perfectly honest I am glad there is no touchscreen. I am not a fan of them and would much rather have good old buttons which in my opinion are easier to use. No do I see the need for color. Any book I read on the kindle is in black and white, even if I had bought it in print. So why waste the time and money creating a color touchscreen just for the opening screen and and graphic novels.

Dec 26, 2010
by Anonymous

so right

above