29 Dec '11, 5am

Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era (via ST iPhone App)

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Tablet computers and electronic readers promise to close the book on the ink-and-paper era as they transform the way people browse magazines, check news or lose themselves in novels. 'It is only a matter of time before we stop killing trees and all publications become digital,' Creative Strategies president and principal analyst Tim Bajarin told AFP. Online retail giant Amazon has made electronic readers mainstream with Kindle devices, and Apple ignited insatiable demand for tablets ideal for devouring online content ranging from films to magazines and books. In 2011, digital books earned about US$3.2 billion (S$4.2 billion) in revenue, an amount that the combined momentum of e-readers and tablets is expected to triple to US$9.7 billion by the year 2016, according to a Juniper Research report.

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