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How Japan Lost Its Electronics Crown -
August 15, 2012 | WSJ | By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI.
How Japan Lost Its Electronics Crown
Sony, Sharp and Panasonic Fixated on Hardware Breakthroughs; 'Sometimes, It's Easier to Run From Behind'

over the past 20 years for Japan's once-world-dominant electronics firms. Japanese companies have beaten rivals to the market with hardware breakthroughs—from flat-panel televisions to advanced mobile phones.

But in each case, foreign rivals have cashed in by delivering faster improvements, integrating the products with easy-to-use software and online services, and delivering a smarter marketing message....Now, Japan's device makers are an afterthought to Apple Inc., AAPL +0.27% Google Inc. GOOG +1.31% and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE +1.51%

Japan's current weakness is rooted in its traditional strength: a fixation with "monozukuri," or the art of making things, focused on hardware advances.

This concept, a source of national pride, pushed Japan's electronics firms to strive for products that were often the world's thinnest, smallest, or delivered other incremental improvement—while losing sight of factors that really mattered to people such as design and ease of use.

In the case of the e-reader, Sony was focused on selling devices, while Amazon was focused on selling books. As a result, the Kindle was more in tune with the raison d'être for purchasing the device: to buy and read books.

"Even though the first device definitely pointed the way to the future, it's a market that got away from Sony," said Mr. Gartenberg, research director at Gartner Inc. "Others have far more successfully capitalized."
Japan  consumer_electronics  e-books  Sony  Sharp  Panasonic  Toshiba  Samsung  e-readers  what_really_matters 
august 2012 by jerryking
The Book Bench: The Book Scrappage Scheme
October 14, 2011 |: The New Yorker |Posted by Mark O'Connell
The Book Scrappage Scheme
1Dollarscan  books  e-readers  personal_libraries 
october 2011 by jerryking
Western Alumni Gazette - What do you need from an eReader?
Fall 2011
Consumer Guide
What do you need from an eReader?
by Mathew Hoy
e-readers  assorted  ipad  Kindle 
september 2011 by jerryking
Digital Possibilities Inspire B&N Chairman -
AUGUST 5, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By JEFFREY A.
TRACHTENBERG. Digital Possibilities Inspire Riggio. Fresh Fervor for
Chain Spurs Barnes & Noble Chairman to Weigh Buyout Effort.
Barnes_&_Noble  buyouts  e-readers  digital_media  strategy 
august 2010 by jerryking
Digital Revolution Shakes Foundations of Book Retailing -
MAY 21, 2010 | WSJ | By JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG. The digital
revolution sweeping the media world is rewriting the rules of the book
industry, upending the established players which have dominated for
decades. Electronic books are still in their infancy, comprising an
estimated 3% to 5% of the market today. But they are fast accelerating
the decline of physical books, forcing retailers, publishers, authors
and agents to reinvent their business models or be painfully
crippled....Even more problematic for brick-and-mortar retailers is the
math if sales of physical books rapidly decrease: Because e-books don't
require paper, printing presses, storage space or delivery trucks, they
typically sell for less than half the price of a hardcover book. If
physical book sales decline precipitously, chain retailers won't have
enough revenue to support all their stores.
competitive_landscape  e-books  retailers  digital_disruption  Barnes_&_Noble  Ron_Burkle  pricing  books  e-readers  bricks-and-mortar  digital_revolution 
june 2010 by jerryking
'Kindleocracy' cripples a pretty good e-reader
Nov. 18, 2009 | The Globe and Mail | by Omar El Akkad
Kindle  Amazon  e-books  e-readers 
january 2010 by jerryking
Barnes & Noble Challenges Amazon's Kindle
Jul 21, 2009 | Wall Street Journal pg. B.1 | by Jeffrey A.
Trachtenberg, Geoffrey A. Fowler. Publishers are placing hopes in the
transition to digital books to revive the stalled books industry, but
are also wary to dive into a technology that destroyed a once-profitable
business model for music labels. The battle to determine the future of
electronic-book retailing took a new turn Monday when Barnes &
Noble Inc., America's largest bookstore chain, opened an online
e-bookstore with more than 700,000 titles and said it has struck a
partnership with a company developing a possible competitor to's Kindle e-book reader.
Amazon  e-books  e-readers  Barnes_&_Noble  publishing  Gadi_Prager 
november 2009 by jerryking
Bits of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 2
July 16, 2009 | ReadWriteWeb | Written by Bernard Lunn. In
Part 2, we try a bit of science fiction, speculating on how this might
play out for all participants: readers, authors, printers, publishers,
retailers, and e-book device vendors.
publishing  Gadi_Prager  technology  books  writing  Kindle  e-books  e-readers  creative_destruction 
november 2009 by jerryking
Wireless Carriers Look Beyond Phones For Growth -
SEPTEMBER 28, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by Jeffry Bartash.
Wireless networks are not just for cellphones and laptops anymore.
Carriers are striking deals to supply Internet access for electronic
book readers, a satellite-navigation device as part of a mounting
effort by wireless carriers to tap fresh sources of growth as the number
of Americans without mobile phones shrinks. Industry executives and
analysts believe an array of devices - some that already exist and
others not yet invented - will eventually be connected to mobile
networks. Some devices that might fit into the category include cameras,
digital photo frames, mobile game devices e.g. Nintendo DS or even
aircards for autos.

There's also ample opportunity beyond the consumer market in areas such
as health care or energy - what Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe calls
machine-to-machine services. Wireless utility meters or wireless health
monitors are two such examples. "This is a great growth opportunity,"
Howe said.
wireless_networks  wireless  carriers  e-books  growth  e-readers 
november 2009 by jerryking

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