We talked about the electronic book hype and Amazon Kindle case in this blog some weeks ago (1, 2 and 3). Now another big player enters the e-book market with a brand new product. Samsung Papyrus , equipped with a large touch screen display and an onboard dictionary, will be distributed in Korea this summer but the Korean manufacturer is already evaluating other markets, such us the U.K.
Papyrus’ business model has not been disclosed yet.
Wired reminds us that the e-book is becoming a quite crowded segment with many players involved and a good numbers of electronic books available in addition to Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader: the list of e-books is quite long and impressive.
The increasing interest towards the electronic books, after many attempts and announcements but no successful products during the last years, can have two meanings:
- the consumer electronic and the content industries are (slowly) making attempts to shift from a value chain model to an ecosystem model: as previously written, an e-book is a good example of an ecosystem of many players contributing with hardware, software, content, connectivity, services and so on.
- this time could be the right time for electronic books: previously perceived as geeky gadgets, they are currently becoming a bit more pupolar among readers and non-techno geek.
Again, from a carrier’s perspective, the point is: how to drive the adoption of ebooks and monetize the traffic generated by content downloading? Are there business models alternative to Kindle’s? Which additional services could be driven by the e-books?