Waterstone, a US bookseller, has every intention to introduce an e-book reader sometime next year which will go head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle. According to Waterstone’s managing director, James Daunt, he mentioned to Radio 4′s You and Yours that he certainly drew plenty of inspiration from Barnes & Noble’s success with their Nook device. It is interesting to note that Waterstone is a rare gem, being capable of challenging Amazon’s growing presence in both physical and electronic sales. At the moment, more Amazon customers purchase Kindle titles compared to paper versions, which is good for the environment.
To see Waterstone make the jump into the hardware market from scratch is definitely an encouraging tone, although I am not quite sure whether they have it in them in the long run to be able to make a huge impact. Most probably they will charge ahead after partnering with a major electronics company in order to save more money and time. There is still no word on what the potential e-book reader will be called, but spring 2012 looks like a good bet.
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