This IDC document analyzes the Western European market for the most popular Internet-enabled mobile devices to understand the impact of these new technologies on the hardcopy industry. The document focuses on smartphones, media tablets, and ereaders, and how each of these devices can replace paper documents. Recent market trends, forecast data, and survey results are presented to discuss potential future developments for these markets.
"With information increasingly available in digital format at users' fingertips, the entire hardcopy industry faces a real challenge," said Mario Lombardo, senior analyst for Imaging Hardware Devices, IDC. "The boom in IEMDs, combined with the growth in cloud storage and digitization, is set to abruptly change the rules of the game in the printing industry, causing a significant market shakeout."
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