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Mono E-Reader Display Shipments Increasing

12/19/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – Shipments of monochrome
e-book displays this year have more than doubled
those of 2010, according to IHS.

The research firm anticipates total display shipments
to hit 27.1 million, up 108 percent from the 13 million
shipped last year.

This upward trend will remain strong, if at a somewhat
slower
pace in the
coming years.
IHS is forecasting
continued
growth through
2014 when 42.6
million displays
are expected to
ship.

However, by
2015 shipments
will start to fall
off, with 36.8
million screens
leaving factories,
according to the report by HIS.

This massive increase takes place despite strong
tablet PC sales, including smaller, less-expensive
tablets, from e-reader kings Amazon and Barnes &
Noble.

Eventually, IHS believes, the color tablets will displace
the e-reader stand-alone models, but there are
still growth opportunities in select vertical markets,
such as education.