Originally Posted by mstone
iPad 3 should be retina, so moot about the eyes, and zooming in on detailed figures is better than squinting. I do like the physical nature of a book but it is a waste of natural resources and weighs too much. People will have to learn to use bookmarks - digitally dog eared.
I agree; a book is way more natural, but once I started a book and continued it on the iPad it had so much advantages. I just got back from a skiing strip, my friend driving through the mountains and me reading the 'old' book on the way up. But after skiing and driving back it would get dark and the iPad is so much 'easier' to use than a torch or special book lamp.
For some, the change of a font can make a difference. For me, it was the ability to buy a book online with just my Apple ID, and even downloading the same book on my iPhone at a restaurant wit free WiFi (didn't want to roam for the mere 4MB, which still is expensive in Europe).
I like iBooks, its ease of use. Will miss peoples' bookshelves in their homes; always nice to browse at a reception. This is going to be awkward, asking for someones iPad, '...May I browse your reading habits?'.
Now, a low charge for lending books digitally is a great idea. All kids walking around with an iPad instead of heavy books. Creating a market for instant feedback learning ways, focussing in on an individual, not an entire classroom. Go on Apple, disrupt education.