I don’t have an iPad. I’m not philosophically opposed to them, I didn’t choose some other brand’s interpretation of a tablet. I just generally slow my roll when it comes to hardware. I’m a software fiend, I sign up for everything: betas, alphas… I run Mac OS X, Windows (3 versions, yikes!), Linux (2 versions)… But for hardware I just let it cook.
I’ll get an iPad eventually. Probably soon.
But let’s talk about you. You have an iPad. How do you feel about iBooks?
iPads have a bookstore/sub-app- iBooks. Inside you can buy two sorts of books- 1) “normal” titles that have been just slightly retrofitted for the iPad (the format war discussion is for another time + place, you guys), and 2) books that have been created with the iBook Authoring Tool (free software provided by Apple). Books created with the iBook Authoring Tool have more potential to be media-rich (yay!) and interactive (yay!), but they also are more picky about where they can run (boo!).
But I only found out about that book because I heard it on the “outside.” (aka, THE INTERNET.) Are really cool iBooks common? Do you read/shop iBooks on your iPad? If not, why not? Because you use the Kindle App? Because you just don’t read in general?
update: Tumblr reply from ajebsary (peep his blog!):
I absolutely love iBooks, most because I can’t stand using any document that I can’t search by keyword or highlight digitally. With the bookmarking feature on top, it’s a great research tool IMHO, although it’s sad that you can’t highlight PDFs.