The other day, when Canadian e-reader maker Kobo announced the release of its latest device – the Aura HD – I couldn’t help but wonder, “Who cares about e-readers anymore?” With the price, size and weight of tablets coming down dramatically, the single-purpose e-reader seems like something of an anachronism.
Evidently, I wasn’t the only one who thought that. The Globe and Mail had a story that asked much the same question, with an analyst pointing out that there is indeed “almost no upgrade cycle.” In other words, people who have e-ink readers already are either perfectly happy with them and aren’t buying new ones, or they’re switching over to tablets. E-readers are thus either destined for the obsolescence pile, or they’ll be coming out of Kinder eggs soon enough.
That said, the things that actually come on e-readers – e-books – are nowhere near finished evolving and innovating. As The Guardian reports, publisher Faber & Faber is just one of many experimenting with the medium in an effort to take e-books beyond just simple text on an a virtual page and into their “next generation.” Read the rest of this entry »