Originally Posted by extremeskater
Peguin books interactive books, yeah thats a big seller. Also lets use your example what function does the iPad have over a notebook that has the Kindle software on it? The answer to that would be nothing.
I can tell you that at home I use my iPhone almost as much as my laptop for quick simple things. Why?
1) Instant on.
2) Uses less power
3) Better at checking simple tasks (weather, movie times, restaurant searches..etc)
4) I don't have to pick up a 4lb thing and open the lid. (sounds ridiculous, but for godsake we even have caller ID on the TV, so we don't have to turn and look at the phone to see who's calling)
5) I need a phone number, address, or email who can call it up faster?
6) Laptops suck for reading. (see my post above)
7) I don't know about you but the iPad Calendar, Address book, and Email clients look better then the OS-X equivalents and launch MUCH faster.
I think some of you are missing the point. The iPad brings the screen MUCH closer, giving you a better viewing position then the MBP that I'm using right now. It's a much more intimate and immersive experience and one of the reasons I don't mind using my iPhone for quick tasks.
As for interactive media, I think many of you are thinking WAAAY too literally. In the beginning I suspect we'll see simple 'upgrades' like inline pictures and video in books/magazines. The future will probably have a much different, possibly better experience. While I don't think traditional books are going away anytime soon, there may be a new paradigm for books and magazines that we haven't seen yet.