Today in Connected Consumer

Considering that it’s still a small business, the e-book market continues to generate an astonishing amount of interest and activity. Fighting for oxygen against Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad, Barnes & Nobel just cut the price of its Nook e-book reader to $199, $50 cheaper than the lowest-priced Kindle, while introducing a new, Wi-Fi-only version for $149. Meanwhile, there are indications that Wal-Mart may soon enter the e-reader market. Renowned inventor Ray Kurzweil lets slip to the New York Times he is in conversations with the mega-retailer about including his new Blio e-book software in an upcoming device. Wal-Mart issues a statement that could be read as confirmation, or at least reluctance to deny.