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Old 01-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #166
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Hey wait, you mean I really am a minority?
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:43 PM   #167
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Hey wait, you mean I really am a minority?
Think of it as more of a semi-exclusive club of like minded individuals!


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Old 01-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #168
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Dang, thought I was gonna get some entitlements there for a minute.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:49 PM   #169
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Dang, thought I was gonna get some entitlements there for a minute.
Never fear you do get entitlements!

You generally find them here!

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=26


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Old 01-09-2013, 02:04 PM   #170
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:24 PM   #171
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Unfortunately the trend that companies want to see now is to have consumers upgrade their gadgets yearly.

New isn't always better.
Companies hate me--I buy on sale and keep my gadgets until they die an e-death. My old boob tube style Sharpe that I bought off Craigslist for $50 still works so there's no chance of a newfangled flat screen TV making an appearance in my apartment any time soon.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:22 PM   #172
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In a way, the dedicated e-reader is like a can opener. If the can opener was just invented, there would be a lot of can openers sold as people adopted the technology. But once everyone had a can opener, a lot less can openers would be sold. Except for people getting their first can opener, most can openers would be sold to people whose can openers were broken or lost. As long as a can opener does it's job, people don't need another. It's the same with e-readers, as long as the device still works, people aren't all that highly motivated to upgrade.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #173
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In a way, the dedicated e-reader is like a can opener. If the can opener was just invented, there would be a lot of can openers sold as people adopted the technology. But once everyone had a can opener, a lot less can openers would be sold. Except for people getting their first can opener, most can openers would be sold to people whose can openers were broken or lost. As long as a can opener does it's job, people don't need another. It's the same with e-readers, as long as the device still works, people aren't all that highly motivated to upgrade.
Hmmm, interesting... The can opener analogy, lol ...

So why iphones sell like hotcakes? If, like can openers, most people have one already, same or different brand.

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Old 01-09-2013, 03:48 PM   #174
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I think because e-readers are generally successful in replicating an existing technology (books), and there hasn't been much meaningful improvement in the book functionality that they're not able to copy. People are also generally satisfied with the battery life and lightness of e-readers. I don't think they're entirely like can openers though. Just that not everyone needs a can opener and they haven't really improved the latest ones.

Smartphones, on the other hand, are a new category, and if they're copying anything, it's computers (and the ARM chips are still way behind the x86 in power, so they're not really there yet). Plus, there's a lot of room to improve on, in size and battery life, screen, etc. And, the smartphone market is not saturated yet, while the e-reader market in the US may be.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:54 PM   #175
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Hmmm, interesting... The can opener analogy, lol ...

So why iphones sell like hotcakes? If, like can openers, most people have one already, same or different brand.

For one thing, the lifespan of a smartphone is typically around 3 years, whereas a decent can opener could last a decade or more.

I don't know if "most" people have smartphones yet either. Certainly not to the same extent that people own can openers.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:55 PM   #176
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A tablet IS an eReader - it just does other things too.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:56 PM   #177
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Wow! What a thread! It's everything one could hope for.

Death
eReaders
Tablets
Literature
DNA
Genetics
Human Genomes
Twins
Minorities
Entitlements
and
Can Openers!

WOW!!
This is why I love MobileRead!
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:57 PM   #178
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Wow! What a thread! It's everything one could hope for.

Death
eReaders
Literature
DNA
Genetics
Human Genomes
Twins
Minorities
Entitlements
and
Can Openers!

WOW!!
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No sex though
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:59 PM   #179
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That was implied and integral in the Twins/DNA/Genome discussion. It's all about Sex!
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