I honestly think we're heading toward a device that is like an iPod Touch or Smartphone, but Kindle-sized. The iPod Touch/iPhone is not a bad reader in its own right, but people who are serious readers seem to prefer bigger devices similar to the size of a book (I know my big complaint with the Touch was that for reading when not completely still e.g. at the gym, I got dizzy with the smaller screen and need something book-sized). So I think what we will see is not so much a 'reader' but rather three levels of 'computer' become the standard:
- Your desktop machine, where you do your serious work and run your media
- Your netbook, which will replace the current 'laptop'
- Your tablet, which is ebook-sized and will be used for casual net surfing, and on the go media (books, videos, mini-apps etc.)