Amazon and Barnes and Noble are fighting for the small-screen media tablet market with their latest ebook readers. Amazon’s Kindle Fire ($199) and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet ($249) both include 7-inch touch-based color displays, built-in ebook readers, and video and music playback. Both companies say they aren’t looking to compete with the iPad, and the lower-end specs and Android phone OS they both use supports that claim. The low price points, however, will attract price-conscious shoppers, and now designers have even more tablets to consider when designing ebooks and digital magazines.
Amazon also has a new $79 Kindle that may shake up the ebook reader market with its low price, improved performance and compact size. It includes the same 6-inch E-Ink screen from earlier Kindle models, but is 18 percent smaller overall thanks to the fact that it doesn’t include a built-in keyboard. It also supports Amazon’s ebook lending program for libraries, along with Wi-Fi syncing.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.