To be perfectly honest, I think there are fewer ebook topics at CES this year than last year, and nothing can compare to 2 years ago ( when ebook readers were the hot new niche, not tablets). Oh yes, CES 2010 was the heyday of ereaders. Samsung and PlasticLogic debuted their ebook readers, and it was such a hot niche that even RCA had an ebook reader in their booth. Now that was a crazy time.
In fact, ereaders were so hot in 2010 that Marvell and Freescale each had a second booth in the ebook zone. (And they were so hot that CES had an ebook zone.) Each of the CPU makers had a collection of 5 to 8 ebook readers on display that ran on their respective CPUs. Some very pretty devices were shown off, and most died in 2010. And then there was the one stolen from CES. I recall going to the Freescale booth on Saturday and finding out that someone had stolen the txtr Reader demo unit. It's not me, I swear.
But this year is still going to be interesting. I've got an appointment with Nintendo to see the WiiU (because of the ereader rumors), and I'm planning to crash a keynote given by Qualcomm's CEO (and ask piercing questions about Mirasol). And I have a few other events up my sleeve, which i won't share here (spies are watching).
But this year is also interesting for its absences. Pocketbook, for example, isn't exhibiting. Bebook just died, so I don't expect to bump into Peter Zieleman. And iriver bailed on their new announcements. There are other holes, but there's enough to keep me hopping.
How To Reach Me
If you catch a bit of news that you'd like to share with me, you can find me on Twitter. Email is also good, or you could leave a comment on the blog. This will be the first year where I will try to be online at all times, even on the show floor.
While last year I was dependent on a 3G dongle, this year I'll be carrying around a 4G Mifi in my bag along with backup batteries. My 7" Galaxy Tab will be in hand, and I've already installed the necessary apps. I should be able to get online from my tablet no matter where I am - at least, that's the plan.
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