Excerpt from an e-reader market snapshot
In 2011, manufacturers shipped about 30 million e-book readers over all, up 108 percent from 2010, Ms. Jakhanwal said. She estimates that this will grow to 38 million devices in 2012 and 43 million by 2014.
Then in 2015, the reader market will shrink to 38 million, presumably because consumers will be attracted to tablets.
Sales of touch-screen tablets have continued to be strong. Apple’s iPad shipped upward of 40 million units in 2011 alone, according to estimates by Forrester, a research firm.