the best part about the iPad?

Over at Galleycat, there’s plenty of commentary about Apple’s new iPad, which has been described as a possible “Kindle killer.” Well, I don’t know about it being a Kindle killer, since the Kindle still has the edge when it comes to portability and battery life. I don’t plan to run out to buy an iPad — at least, not yet.

What’s got me excited, though, is the fact Apple will be selling e-books on its own iBooks site. If this is anything like their iTunes site, it will be a huge boon for authors and publishers alike. I understand the books will be offered in pdf form. Apple will make the books a snap to download, and no doubt they’ll be temptingly priced (assuming they can come to an agreement with publishers.)

This is our best weapon against online piracy. If you can make it easy and inexpensive to obey the law, maybe people actually will.

3 replies
  1. Ginger
    Ginger says:

    Let’s hope it’s as you think Tess – I still cannot understand why all this free downloading is legal.
    Why should you, as an author, apply your time and effort, not to mention your expertise, just for it all to be given away for free. Totally unacceptable.
    You need all the help you can get by the sound of things.

    Have a great weekend and best wishes – Gordon

  2. Kyle K.
    Kyle K. says:

    I don’t think it’s going to be a Kindle Killer anyway, considering the reading experience is going to be so different. Kindle has the paper-like screen, but the iPad is just a regular computer screen…

    Though, if you noticed during the Keynote, they showed a preview of the iBook store, and the prices are already higher than Kindle… so authors might be getting a little more buck for their book! Which is always nice… 🙂

    I’m not running out to buy it just yet, either. I’ll wait until it has Flash. Until then, it’s just a big iPod Touch. Though I have to admit their iWork word processing software looks pretty sexy…

  3. PackingPadre
    PackingPadre says:

    Tess,

    I don’t know if it’s a Kindle-killer, but writers deserve fair compensation and I strongly oppose downloading books still covered by copyright without paying for them.

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