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E-books boost e-paper display shipments in '09

Posted: 13 May 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:e-paper? e-book? display? LCD?

The popularity of e-books, particularly Amazon's Kindle, propelled electronic paper display (EPD) shipments to 5 million units in 2009, up 417 percent from 950 thousand in 2008, according to the DisplaySearch Q1 10 Quarterly Small/Medium Shipment and Forecast Report. DisplaySearch has added e-books to this report for all sizes, including applications using displays 9-inch and larger, such as Amazon's newest Kindle DX.

"Seeing this growth for a new application, especially in the second half of last year, is a vote of confidence from consumers who seem to have embraced e-books," said Hiroshi Hayase, DisplaySearch director of small/medium displays. "Momentum from e-book popularity last year combined with new, larger-screen products hitting the market right now means that this trend will continue, so we will see large shipment volume increases in the first half of 2010."

Amazon's Kindle e-book, with a 6-inch display, captured 66 percent of the total EPD market in 2009. This market domination is expected to increase as the Kindle DX, with a 9.7-inch display, is positioned to compete with Apple's iPad, released earlier this month, which uses a 9.7-inch TFT LCD.

"Boosted by success from e-books thus far, Amazon is expanding its service offering to help customers access more timely books at low cost. We expect to see other service providers increase their presence in the United States and expand e-book adoption in Europe and Asia as well," Hayase added.

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