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.