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Tablet Computer World to Explode to 200 Million/Yr Sales by 2014!

More Tablet Computers Coming!

Good news for writers and publishers…but a vastly more crowded dance floor for the Apple iPad.

Why is this good news for writers and publishers?

Simply because of the HUGE rebirth in the popularity of reading that the tablets (as well as the singular e-readers such as Kindle) have generated.

AND, the resulting demand for constant new content.

PLUS, the ease and speed of access to books and all other written media COUPLED with the ever-increasing streamlining of the actual publishing process.  

I have some numbers tonight that will rock your socks! A study conducted by PRTM (PRTM = Pittiglio, Rabin, Todd & McGrath, by the way) claims that there are 104 tablets currently for sale or in development. With 17 million tablets sold in 2010, PRTM forecasted 200 million tablets to be sold annually for 2014!

How bout them figures? 

Stefanie Botelho writes these details in FOLIO magazine: 

Tablet Market Expands With New Competitors

Samsung and RIM will release tablets within the next four months.

RIM and Samsung have announced release dates for their versions of the tablet computer, with the RIM Blackberry Playbook on sale on April 19th and the new Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy tablet line launching June 8th.

Both companies are looking to grab a hold of a piece of the iPad-dominated tablet market. Apple’s second version of the iPad was unveiled in San Francisco on March 2nd, and shipped March 11th. Reportedly, Apple sold 14.8 million iPads in 2010.

The RIM PlayBook will feature a 7 inch screen, Flash compatible video and front and rear cameras. The 16GB version will be available for $499, a 32GB for $599 and a 64GB with a price tag of $699.

The PlayBook will have Wi-Fi capabilities, but they cannot utilize 3G without being connected through a Blackberry phone.

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HarperCollins & Apple Talking E-books for Tablet

Filed under: Apple,e-books,HarperCollins,multi-media devices,Tablet PC — gator1965 @ 3:05 pm

More intrigue and drama in the publishing world! The much anticipated “Tablet” from Apple may debut with one more asset it seems: The ability to read books and newspapers! Soooo, one multi-media device for watching movies & TV, playing games, surfing the internet AND NOW to read e-books and newspapers… Hummmm, sounds pretty interesting…

From the online newspaper The Business Standard :

Publishing giant HarperCollins is in talks with Apple Inc to make electronic books available for the IT major’s new tablet PC– expected to be launched later this month, a media report says.

Attributing to people familiar with the situation, The Wall Street Journal said, “HarperCollins Publishers is negotiating with Apple Inc to make electronic books available for the introduction of a new tablet device from Apple.”

The tablet, which is expected to be unveiled later this month, is likely to be a multimedia device that would let people watch movies and television shows, play games, surf the Internet and read electronic books and newspapers.

The report stated that HarperCollins is expected to set the prices of the e-books, which would have added features, with Apple taking a percentage of sales, but details have not been spelt out as yet.

However, it is not known yet whether Apple would sell the HarperCollins titles via a new e-book store or through its existing iTunes Store, which sells music, TV shows and movies.

The WSJ report cited people familiar with the matter as saying that other publishers have also met Apple officials.

Yesterday, Apple invited the media to a San Francisco event to be held on January 27 at which it is expected to unveil its tablet PC.

In December, HarperCollins Chief Executive Brian Murray had said e-books enhanced with video, author interviews and social-networking applications could command higher retail prices for publishers than current e-books.

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