This IDC Forecast Update forecasts and analyzes the worldwide ereader market by region. It supersedes Worldwide eReader 2013–2017 Forecast Update: June 2013 (IDC #242019, July 2013). It includes shipment, revenue, and ASP data for the 2013–2017 forecast period, as well as segmentation by consumer versus commercial adoption, WiFi-only versus 3G/4G support, and operating system. eReaders, as exemplified by the Amazon Kindle, are slate form factor device with epaper displays that are used to display consumer ebooks and periodicals.
The ereader market continues to contract as most consumers choose tablets over ereaders. There will continue to be a small percentage of consumers who prefer a single-use ereader over a tablet, and this group will keep the market alive indefinitely, but we do not expect shipment growth to return to this market again.