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E-reader innovation has stalled

Original story at TechCrunch• 2 mentions • 5 days ago

 
 
Next month marks 10 years since the first Kindle debuted. It’s a virtual lifetime in consumer electronics terms, but compared to its mobile brethren, e-readers’ pace of innovation has been glacial. Front lighting for night reading and waterproofing have been heralded as major upgrades, but beyond that, little about the space has changed. The core of the product has remained largely unchanged, down to the basic e-ink screen that’s the centerpiece of practically every one of these devices. Why has the e-reader stagnated? Demand has played a role, certainly. Analysts just don’t keep stats the way they used to, but ...