April 12th, 2010
Hi, I don’t know about you but I’m getting a bit overwhelmed by the number of reviews of the iPad as a reader.
It seems fairly universal that it’s not the best reader. It’s too reflective, too heavy, and too big. There’s lots of great feedback for other purposes but ereader doesn’t seem to be a hit.
I don’t have one, and probably won’t get one, so I’m not going to rant about whether it will kill the Kindle or the publishing industry. I will give two thoughts.
When looking at iPad being an industry changer, doing to publishing what iTunes did to the music industry, I haven’t seem much comment on the fact that the music industry was mainly bricks and mortar before iTunes. Amazon is not bricks and mortar so I’m not sure the iPad can make as drastic an impact as iTunes did. And, books have not been a mainly bricks and mortar shopping experience for years. So, I will sit back and watch what happens, no predictions from me.
The other comment, well, I’m entertained by the reviews of the iPad as an unwieldy and mirrorlike ereader, but I don’t think Apple actually developed it as an ereader. Just like the iPod/phone/touch the iPad is a multifunction device. And, because of that I don’t think it can be the best anything. The best ereader will fit in a purse/manpurse/ or pocket, will have a long lasting battery and will be readable outside. In my opinion anyway.
Just like the best phone, will be clear, light, easy to use and not feel like a brick in my hand.
So, for those of you who like the new toys, I’m enjoying your posts about the iPad, but if I decide to buy one, I won’t be expecting it to be a perfect anything, I’ll be expecting it to do a good job with a lot of functionality.