Some say there has been a lot of hoopla about Apple’s new tablet, the iPad but does it really live up to the hype? Some speak of the device as if it is the Messiah that the publishing industry has been waiting for. Others say that devices such as the iPad, not only ruin the reader’s traditional reading experience but also with the sale of eBooks will help drive down the costs of traditional books. Is it really the be-all and end all of the new book publishing industry?
We had the opportunity to interview Scott Steinberg, publisher and lead technology analyst for DigitalTrends.com, about his take on the eReader. Steinberg is also an author of three books and his site receives over 40 million unique visitors every month. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about technology.
We asked for him his take on the iPad and here it is what Steinberg had to say:
“While there will always be a market for dedicated, single-function devices such as eReaders like the nook and Kindle, Apple’s iPad seriously threatens to undermine their value (especially pricier units such as Plastic Logic’s QUE proReader), given its multifaceted approach to computing, which allows for a variety of functions, not just browsing digital literature–and saves shoppers the trouble of packing still more devices into their already bulging briefcases and carry-ons.”