Hot U.S. E-Book Reader Market Will Spark $2.5 Billion in Revenue by 2013

Installed Base to Grow to 36 Million

Boston, MA Jan 22, 2010 - Yankee Group forecasts that the already hot U.S. e-book reader market is about to catch fire, sparking from $1.3 billion in revenue in 2010 to $2.5 billion by 2013.

In ?Yankee Group?s US E-Book Reader Forecast: Kindling a Fire,? analyst Dmitriy Molchanov shows that as devices such as Amazon?s Kindle, Barnes & Noble?s Nook, Sony?s Reader, Interead?s COOL-ER and enTourage?s eDGe adopt more palatable price points?Yankee Group sees $150 as the sweet spot?the market will respond in kind.

?Unlike the iPod, which hooked serious music buyers in addition to a raft of casual listeners, e-book reader adoption will be limited to heavy readers only?at least until prices come down,? Molchanov says. ?But we see the average price of e-book readers declining by roughly 15 percent per year for the next five years, resulting in 55 percent increase in adoption rate year over year.?

In fact, by 2013:

  • U.S. e-book reader sales will reach 19.2 million, a CAGR of 34 percent, with 6 million e-book readers sold in 2010 alone.
  • The U.S. installed base of e-book readers will hit over 36 million, up from an installed base of 9 million by 2011.
  • Half of all consumers who indicate interest in buying an e-book reader will have bought one already, so device makers should act quickly.

E-book readers are the leaders of what Yankee Group calls ?Anywhere Devices,?a new class of connected products explored in our research and new book ANYWHERE. We expect a host ofconsumer Anywhere Devices to follow in their wake.


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