letting the iPad dust settle

April 29, 2010

also known as an information overload that resulted in procrastination and a lot of open browser tabs.

fortunately, over at Shelf Awareness, a compilation of some of the major reviews were gathered in one spot including a couple of my favorites from Jane at Dear Author and Sarah at Smart Bitches.  both bloggers provide in-depth, experienced, and thoughtful reviews with each concluding that the iPad is not the end-all-be-all nor a “Kindle killer,” but its ability to be many things rather than just a dedicated ereader is useful.  Jane goes one step further and summarizes the pros and cons of various ebook apps on the iPad including iBook and the Kindle app.

a day before the release, GalleyCat compiled critiques from not-yet-mentioned sources:  USA Today‘s Edward C. Baig calls it a “winner” though not without deficiencies; Cory Doctorow laments, among many other things, that a comic app kills the joy of lending; and Walter Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal examined the iPad in terms of its ability to replace a laptop (close, but not quite).

EarlyWord also dedicated a post to early iPad reviews including a link to an article from David Pogue evaluating the iPad from two perspectives: the techies and normal people.  while lauding the apps in the “Review for Everyone Else,” Pogue slams the ebook functionality in the “Review for Techies”:

There’s an e-book reader app, but it’s not going to rescue the newspaper and book industries (sorry, media pundits). The selection is puny (60,000 titles for now). You can’t read well in direct sunlight. At 1.5 pounds, the iPad gets heavy in your hand after awhile (the Kindle is 10 ounces). And you can’t read books from the Apple bookstore on any other machine — not even a Mac or iPhone.

basically, the 2 major complaints about the iPad are just that: the brightness of the screen which doesn’t utilize e-Ink technology and its heftiness.  a couple of days after its release, Gawker collected a somewhat tongue-in-cheek list of complaints against the “magical” device.

The LA Times compared the iPad to the Kindle to determine which one is more book-like.  the iPad wins with the Kindle described as “outdated.”

It’s not just that the iPad is beautiful. Nor is it just that the touch-screen interface is more intuitive than the controls on the plastic shell of the Kindle — which up to now has been the dominant e-reader.

So what is it? Simply this: Books on the iPad are electronic without losing their essential bookness, in a way that e-books haven’t been before.

David Lee King provides a concise, bulleted post on the background and impact of the iPad and other ereaders with the added benefit of a library perspective.

with over 1 million and counting sold, iPad is a game changer.

poor Nook, will anyone notice its commercial amidst all this iPad hubbub?  or that it’s being sold at Best Buy?

have any of you bought an iPad?  i never buy the first generation of any device and have a few reservations about Apple’s app business model, but that’s another blog post.

posting by marin

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