|An e-reader is a product. See also, the kindle and the nook.
They run software on a smartphone-like backend. The software is needed in order to make the epub reader read epubs. The software is an application, not a component.
The existing software requires a machine with at least 256MB of RAM and a processor running at like 1GHz.
Retail cost for a nook or a kindle is like $100-$150 USD
My software also reads epubs. It can do so with $30 worth of off-the-shelf hardware. The hardware is smaller too. You literally buy it, upload the software I wrote. Stick an SD card in it and start reading ebooks.
It requires like maybe 512kB of RAM or less, but more makes it faster. It runs on a 240MHz processor.
$30 is less $100, and certainly less than $150
Furthermore, the battery life of such a device is much longer than the more expensive variety.
So, the business case is this: One can introduce an entirely new line of ereaders for about $30, and the size of a paperback pulp novel, but much thinner.
I thought it was obvious. My bad.
Edit: Also, I *think* these readers lose money, which amazon and B&N make up on the back end by selling ebooks. The reason I think that is the cost of the hardware + screen is more than the device, so even if they got bulk discounts through massive leverage at best they might be breaking even. My device would run on hardware that would be profitable.
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modified 22-Jul-21 12:30pm.