There have been a lot of talks about Kindle killers lately. It seems every company in the world is interested in the e-book market one way or another. We already know that Apple, Crunch Network, Samsung, Sony, and Plastic Logic will be competing with Amazon over market-share in this market. ASUS seems to be the latest addition to the field, hoping to take advantage of its Eee brand to make a splash. Sony has made its own splash by introducing 3 new readers to target different segments of this market more effectively. And who can forget about the Crunchpad.
None of these companies have yet to come up with a Kindle killer. Sony certainly has a decent line up, but it won’t make Kindle obsolete just yet. Apple hasn’t even introduced the iPad. Samsung’s e-book readers are currently not good enough. So for all the talk about Kindle killers, we haven’t seen an e-book reader that comes close. This doesn’t mean that Amazon will sit back and let these companies steal its thunder. I am confident that we will see another price drop before the release of Kindle 3.0. And the recent entries may finally force Amazon’s hands into introducing color screens with the next generation Kindle. Whatever the case, it’ll be interesting to watch all these companies go at it. When they compete, consumers win.
With that in mind, which company would you give the best chance when it comes to competing with Amazon in the e-book market? What would it take for these companies to put more pressure on Amazon? Will the open document movement be enough?[poll=20]