Feeds

Acer cautious over e-book reader roll-out

Not sure there's enough money in it

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Acer has put its plan to develop an e-book reader on hold while it watches how the market develops, a senior executive has said.

Speaking in Taipei yesterday, Acer chairman Wang Jeng-tang said his company is not yet ready to launch an e-book reader. But it has the hardware standing by, just in case, he said, the Taipei Times reports.

The executive said at issue is the question of whether punters will embrace e-book readers to such a degree that the category moves out of its niche and into the mainstream. He hinted that until this happens, e-book readers will not be profitable for Acer.

And it's a good bet that if they're not profitable for a manufacturer like Acer, they're not going to be pouring cash into the coffers of the likes of Amazon and Sony, both key e-book reader suppliers.

Acer's work on an e-book reader range was revealed in late January by Jim Wong, the head of its IT products division.

Wong also hinted that Acer might adjust its product line up according to what Apple would launch, this in the days before the introduction of the iPad. After Apple's announcement, Acer Taiwan boss Scott Lin said the company has no plans to launch a gadget along the same lines. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.