Originally Posted by Eluard
I think this is wrong. This is a device with the U.S. college student firmly in mind. Other countries will follow, depending on when the publishers get on board.
One question I haven't seen addressed: if a book is in pdf form will the iPad be able to read it? I'm assuming that even if this isn't the default format that it would be an easy functionality for a third party developer to add.
This is probably going to be a hot area for iPad apps, there will be various Book Collection & Reader kind of apps. You add PDFs, and several other formats out there.
The big driver for a paid app of this sort will be to get a lot of public domain books easily loaded onto the iPad.
The interface benchmark is there as well, on a nice-looking font selection, multi-touch and visual feel of reading paper-based material.
The iPad is, despite iBooks being the "controlled area", going to be the platform on which a smooth, delicious and premium e-reading experience will blossom.
There are precedents on the iPhone, though of course there how someone reads a book on an iPhone is lost on me. But now with the iPad...
The multifunctionality of the iPad will drive its success and adoption.
I reiterate my 10 million units in 2010 prediction. Regardless of whatever vile, apprehension, praise, vitriol, debate, hate, love, desire.