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 205 shipments will start to fall off with 36.8
million screens leaving factories.
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 like education.