Report: Billions of Dollars at Stake in Global eBook Reader Market

Paul Lilly

Any manufacters still dragging their feet when it comes to getting into the eBook reader business might want to get the ball rolling. A new report suggests there will be a lot of cash at stake as ebook reader shipments surpass $3 billion in 2013, compared to $244 million in 2008.

That figure rests on the assumption that the e-reader market continues to grow, which will depend on what kind of threat the emerging tablet brouhaha poses. But as DigiTimes Research sees it, ebook reader shipments will continue to scale upwards, growing from 700,00 units shipped in 2008 to 28 million units in 2013. That would represent a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 386 percent.

As it currently stands, Amazon and Sony sit on top of the e-reader hill, but DigiTimes predicts a "major shakeup" in 2010, both from Barnes & Noble as it becomes more competitive, and from any number of niche players looking to ride the e-reader gravy train.

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