Originally Posted by ekaser
1) e-readers will not remain single-purpose devices.
I don't doubt that there will be units with lots of bells and whistles. We already have the Kindle with its browser and the Pocket Pro with its mp3 player.
However, I disagree with the first prediction. I think that there will be a market for devices which simply read. It may be that using them for newspapers will be more popular than for books.
I have just learned over the weekend that any static webpage can be downloaded onto an eBook reader. I figure that all of us here are ahead of the curve. When the general public learns that it can easily read the information on the internet in the comfort of one's favorite chair, it will want that device if it's inexpensive. And I assume that a single-purpose device will be much less expensive than what you (ekaser) have in mind.