Microsoft announced a new tablet to arrive sometime this Fall or next year. There seems to be a lot of speculation as to what this will really mean for the eBook world. Will this be a competitor for the iPad? What is the role of Kindle Fire as competition?
A few months ago, B&N NOOK received a $600-million investment ($300-million now and a commitment of $60-million a year over the next five years). They need the investment to compete with Apple’s and Amazon’s deep pockets.
B&N announced that the NOOK device sales were down in Q4 2011. But their sales were up 34%. So this leads one to believe the device may not be as important.
But the eBook world continues to turn and rotate and move along.