Tablet PC News – Reading with eBooks, Dell Says New Focus Will Cut Into Profit, Tablet PC Sales/Deals

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Reading with eBooks

Helsinki, 1 November, 2005 Reading with eBooks

The eBook can be defined as “a book composed in or converted to digital format for display on a computer screen or handheld device” (Merriam-Webster). EBooks have been predicted as the big challenger or even a threat to print books for a long time. Despite predictions about paperless offices the real threats to the print and paper industries haven’t materialised yet.

In Finland, it is perhaps too early to predict the downfall of the traditional print books, since 2004 proved to be a hugely successful year for the book publishing industry. This proves an important point: people are still reading books even when there are so many other mediums competing for their attention. The question we are asking now is whether they are willing to change the way they read their books and start reading electronic books, or whether books printed on paper are just the thing users want in this rapidly electrifying world…

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Dell Says New Focus Will Cut Into Profit

By DAMON DARLIN Published: November 1, 2005

Dell Inc. warned investors yesterday that its shift in strategy to focus on higher profit margins would result in lower-than-expected revenue and earnings in the third quarter.

The surprise announcement, made after the close of trading, pushed its shares down more than 4 percent in after-hours trading; shares were up 82 cents, to $31.88, in regular trading.

Dell said it expected earnings before special items for the quarter ended Sept. 30 to be 39 cents a share. Most analysts had expected 40 cents.

The company, the world’s largest PC vendor, expects a more pronounced decline on the top line. Dell said it would report revenue of about $13.9 billion, compared with earlier indications that it would bring in $14.1 billion to $14.5 billion. It said it would announce earnings on Nov. 10.

Dell, which is based in Round Rock, Tex., will also take a third-quarter charge of about $450 million, or about 14 cents a share, resulting in earnings of 25 cents a share. About $300 million of that charge is related to servicing a failed part in its OptiPlex desktop systems. The charge also includes costs of a realignment of its work force, factories and product line.

Dell reported fully diluted earnings per share of 33 cents in the year-ago quarter.

Its biggest rival, Hewlett-Packard, will announce its earnings Nov. 17. Analysts expect that Hewlett will report earnings of 46 cents a share, up from 41 cents a year ago.

Dell’s news comes as the industry reports stronger sales growth. Gartner, the research firm, forecasts that global PC shipments will grow 12.7 percent in 2005. Unit sales of mobile PC’s, including laptops and tablet PC’s, are forecast to grow 31 percent in 2005, Gartner said…

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Tablet PC Sales/Deals

Office Depot has the Toshiba Tablet referenced in my post below on sale again this week (10/30/2005-11/05/2005) for $1449.99 after a $150 mail-in rebate.

Another good place to look for deals is the HP refurbished site. I just purchased a TC4200 there last Thursday. For $1544 (including sales tax and shipping) I’m getting the 1.73ghz model, with 512mb of memory, an external 4x dual-format DVD burner, and a 3yr Accidental Damage Protection warranty. They have other TC4200’s as well as TC1100’s available. In addition…

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