The Real News About Apple's iPad is iBooks


Apple has finally unveiled its new Tablet device called iPad (a better name would have been iTab) and the discussions can now rage about whether or not it lives up to all the hype and anticipation.  Another bigger announcement is the simultaneous launch of the iBooks application, which apparently will also be part of iTunes, providing e-books that can be read on the iPad.  (I know, too many iProducts, but hey, if you're an Apple stockholder, you're probably overjoyed right now.)

As a satisfied Kindle owner, I hope the new Tablet computer isn't the Kindle-killer the buzz is claiming it to be.  But with Apple in the electronic reader game, the stakes are now raised. 

I was skeptical about the battery life for a large device with a color touchscreen, but the iPad has impressed me with its alleged capacity to provide 10 hours of use before needing to be recharged.  As I've said before, long-life batteries that don't require constant charging are the Holy Grail of technology.  One of the big attractions of the Kindle is its long battery life, especially when the wireless function is turned off -- you can read content on it for days without the need to plug it in and juice it back up, which makes the black-and-white e-ink display acceptable. 

Competition is a good thing, so with Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, and many others investing seriously in digital books and readers, I look forward to what the future brings.

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