The holiday season is always a big indication of technology’s popularity, and this year is no different. It appears that this year, parents will be looking towards E-Readers as the go-to item of choice; according to eMarketer, Polling found that 46% of US adults with children ages 2 to 13 who read ebooks planned to purchase a device on which their children could consume such content. As e-readers become the preferred method of consuming books, the market will be bourgeoning into the new year. If these 2013 holiday trends are anything to go by, we could be seeing new e-readers continue to take the spotlight for the foreseeable future.
Amazon Brings Kindle Fire X Ray Service To TV Shows
Amazon has rolled out it’s X Ray service to TV Shows, surfacing IMDB information to provide more background on the show. It’s an extension of their support for movies and will be available for most popular shows. While many content providers are relaying this information through second screen integration, Amazon is creating simple software features on the first screen that do not take away from the experience.
Ereaders On The Decline
If you haven’t heard the mention of ereaders in a few weeks, it’s for good reason. The growth of tablets appears to be phasing out the single-task device according to a recent report from isuppli. The study predicts sales to decline 36% by year-end with just 7 million units on the market in 2016. The optimal reading display and superior battery life seem to be the two features keeping ereaders afloat.
Amazon apparently discontinues Kindle Touch in favor of Paperwhite — paidContent
Wal-Mart stops selling Amazon Kindles
Walmart Ditches Amazon Kindles
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite hands-on (Update: video) — Engadget
Release Week 2012: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Hands-On
Exclusive: Amazon teams with Nokia, snubs Google for maps – sources – Yahoo! Finance
Nokia To Power Next-Generation Kindle Fire Maps
Amazon Stops Selling the Kindle Fire (For a Week) – Peter Kafka – Media – AllThingsD
Kindle Fire “Sells Out” In Advance Of Next Week’s Amazon Press Conference
B&N’s Nook will finally launch in the UK (but who’s going to sell it?) — paidContent
Barnes & Noble brings Nook Tablet prices in line with Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 — paidContent
Content Is King: Barnes and Noble Lowers Nook Prices To Match Kindle Fire