"The bigger question remains, Is there a market here worth expanding? A dedicated e-book reader may enjoy a niche audience, but the question remains whether a separate device for reading digital books will be viable in the long term. Already, we have a Kindle for iPhone reader and a slew of iPhone e-book apps; and so-called smartbooks and other portable, connected devices are coming soon.
The way I see it, as nice a luxury as Kindle is, if I can get similar functionality using the same device that I use for other tasks, I'd rather consolidate the functions in fewer devices, instead of adding another piece of hardware to the fray. And a lot of people must agree with me--you don't see too many dedicated PDAs coming out these days."