UPDATED 15:52 EST / JUNE 01 2009

eBook News: Google jumps in, Kindle Screen Creator Acquired

The web is a buzz today with a flurry of eBook related news in what is signs of the sectors growth and opportunity potential.

image Google is jumping into the eBook market after spending the past couple of years pushing their massive book scanning efforts.  In a strange twist Google seems to be playing the monopoly/control angle that Amazon has too much of a tight grip on the eBook market and is signaling that it will be more flexible and allow publishers to set their own pricing terms.  I don’t have too much faith that Google will get much traction, at least not until there is 50 million Android handsets in the market with a Google eBook Reader pre-installed on them.  I see the eBook market going the way of Apple/iTunes for this first phase of development of the sector.

image In terms of growth possibilities for the sector the research/analyst firms are weighing in today as well.  Research outfit In-Stat says that the semiconductor market for eBooks will reach the $1 billion figure by 2013.  They expect ~30 million units of readers to ship in 2013.

image The In-Stat report calls out E-Ink and of course the Kindle stating Amazon’s lead in the market along with E-Ink as the primary supplier of “digital ink” screen technology to not only the Kindle but other providers such as Sony.  E-Ink is riding its recent wave of success after years of toiling away and waiting out this market by selling itself to Prime View International for $215 million.

That is a lot of eBook related news for one day.  I do not own a Kindle but I am a pretty big fan of the device and the thoughtful usability Amazon put into the device with it coming wireless equipped.  With the netbook/tablet hype reaching hockey stick mode I look forward to seeing how the Kindle advances over its next couple of revisions.

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