Over a year ago I created a topic here bitching about the Amazon Kindle, specifically Amazon's sneaky trick of removing already-purchased E-books from customer Kindles after Amazon received an "oops, we didn't really mean to sell that book electronically after all" complaint from a publisher. It seemed clear afterward, though, that Amazon realized creating the sense that you don't really OWN the stuff you've purchased -- just rented it for an open-ended term subject to intervention by Amazon, the publisher, the author or possibly others -- was the worst possible impression they could create. I heard lots of good things from people about their Kindles, and I might have considered buying one.
Then Barnes and Noble announced their Nook, and I thought it looked like it might be even better than the Kindle, so I decided to wait a while longer and see. Specs, photos and videos of the Nook made it look pretty appealing, but before it was actually released, rumors of Apple's tablet computer ramped up enough that I was sure one of those would be announced soon.
Apple did in fact announce the iPad and it seemed to me the ideal combination of kick-ass full-color e-reader, with additional (though basic) computer functionality. I love my iPod Touch and often though tan iPhone or iPod Touch with a bigger screen would be an incredibly useful device, and that's what the iPad seems to be. The increase in screen size isn't just about a larger display area, but ALSO a larger control area, so this thing really makes me wish I hadn't purchased a netbook last year. I wouldn't want an iPad to be my main computer, but it could definitely be my second computer, for things like email, web browsing and the basic stuff (twitter, facebook, blogging, banking) that comprises 98% of most people's actual computer use. Oh yeah, and it looks like a great ebook reader!
I went ahead and ordered an iPad which will be delivered tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to checking it out. I know some others on here have Nooks, Kindles or Sony Ebook readers and I'd be interested in comparing notes. Do you wish your ebook reader had a color screen for things like magazines, web browsing, comic books, or illustrated books? Or do you just read black print on a white page anyway, and it doesn't matter to you? To me, the color screen was something I really wanted, and I figured eventually the Kindle 3 or the Nook 2 or something would have color.
Just curious to see how much people use these things. I probably won't buy fewer books (paper books I mean) but I'm sure I'll buy more ebooks. Reading downloaded book or magazine PDFs while sitting at my computer kind of sucks, but lounging around and reading them comfortably sounds kind of nice.