My first reaction was that ‘iPad’ sounds like something I should get in the Feminine Hygiene aisle.
My second reaction was “what do we cut out of the budget to make room for two of these things?”
My third reaction was “Looks like I’m not getting rid of my Kindle any time soon.”
Don’t get me wrong. The iPad bookstore is a thing of beauty. You get what I always dreamed about–the ability to see your books virtually displayed on a shelf, beautiful colour covers and all. You touch and read and have a glorious reading experience.
That will give me a headache after a couple of hours. I know this because at night when my beloved husband is asleep I curl up under the covers with my Kindle for iPhone app. I’ve had a lot of experience reading on a backlit multi-touch glass screen device. And while the colour is beautiful and fun for those times when you browse your virtual shelf like a kid in a bookcandy store it is NOT the easiest thing on 40 year-old reader’s eyes.
If the hit to my eyes wasn’t bad enough, the hit to my wallet will be worse. At $14.99 per title, the store will sell most books at a 50% markup over the Kindle. And as much as I love colour cover art, it simply is NOT worth $5 to me. Not when I buy books at the volume (hah) I currently do.
I am a booklover. Am I a Kindle snob? Perhaps. An e-Ink snob? Definitely. Without question.
I will be getting an iPad; Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise. It is simply too beautiful to avoid. But will it become my primary e-Reader device? I just don’t see that happening.
UPDATE: Interesting discussion over at Tiny Cat Pants about how this device war will affect the publishing business.