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Research group IDC has ranked Apple and Amazon as the top Tablet and E Book vendors in the world.According to IDC the iPad had 87.4 percent share of the global tablet market in the third quarter 2010, 4.2 million units were shipped. IDC predicts that media tablet market will end the year with 17 million units shipped.

IDC define media tablets as “Tablet form factor devices with color displays larger than 5 inches and smaller than 14 inches running lightweight operating systems (such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS) and can be based on either x86 or ARM processors,” according to IDC. “By contrast, tablet PCs run full PC operating systems and are based on x86 processors.”

For 2011, IDC forecasts 44.6 million media tablets will be shipped, with the US accounting for about 40 percent of them, and 70.8 million units in 2011. “Growth in 2011 and beyond will be driven by device vendors introducing media tablets based on Android and other operating systems, as well as price and feature competition and strong demand in both the consumer and commercial segments,” according to IDC.

IDC also reported that Amazon dominated the e-reader market with 41.5 percent market share, based on 1.1 million shipments of their Kindle device during Q3 2010. The device can be purchased online in Australia.

 IDC said that 10.8 million e-readers werev shipped in 2010, with the United States accounting for 72.4 percent of the total. The analyst firm expects 14.7 million e-readers shipped this year and 16.6 million in 2012.

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