People are too hung up about a 7" iPad fitting into a pocket or not. That's not the issue as I see it. Try holding an iPad with one hand for an hour or two while reading a book or watching a movie. It becomes tiresome, and arthritis doesn't help matters. There is a reason why there is a market for both hardback and paperback books. Form factor, weight and price all figure in. Forget about whether or not it fits in a pocket.