Many people (myself included) believe that tablet computers will make e-ink ereaders into a thing of the past. Wired says that ereaders—that is, devices dedicated solely to books— will survive the tablet onslaught.
“In the short term, every company is likely to have two lines of products,” says Robert Brunner, founder of Ammunition, a design firm that worked with Barnes & Noble to design the Nook e-reader. “If you think of a paperback-like reader, E Ink does a fantastic job. But color will definitely happen and it is likely to be LCD or OLED. It seems logical.”
In the digital world, that’s likely to translate into two sets of products: Full-featured tablets with color displays and lots of features that cost $400 or more, and inexpensive black-and-white E Ink-powered e-readers that will be available for $150 or less.
Meanwhile, the New York Times is getting ready to launch an ebook version of the NYT Book Review that will be available separately from the newspaper. The Sony Reader edition will be first, but Kindle and Nook editions will soon follow.