It sucks for book consumers too, since you can only read books you have bought through the iBookstore, or whatever it is called. People need to read books in PDF and RTF and RocketBook and all kinds of other formats too.
Yup. Guess I'm not the target demo either.
Rob Koberg nailed it:http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/7995/appleipad.jpgHumor. A salve.Tim B. is right that it's a consumption device, not a creative device. Ok. But as John puts it well, the typical Apple approach which is to capture the content and lock behind a pretty plastic display case. On the other hand, I don't remember Apple ever fielding something that got so many guffaws and giggles. Some times you can't fool all of the people some of the time.There is hope for humanity. :)
Hey Len, I asked this over at Tim's 'blog, but I'll crosspost here: the iPhone has potential as an augmented reality viewer, because it has a camera as well as accelerometers - do you see any potential for the iPad as a suitable interface for VR? Or is the screen too lousy compared to a home setup, and why would you want portable VR anyway, when you have highly portable and ubiquitous access to IRL? Any thoughts?
I have a Sony eBook reader. They recently went open format (epub) in addition to having PDF support etc. Amazon charges a nominal fee to 'import' stuff you've gotten for free somewhere else onto the Kindle. iTunes locks up the content even more. But you know, people buy them, they love them. I can't really tell you why, it's not like using their stuff has NO learning curve. It has as much as any other device, they just somehow manage to convince people it doesn't. grrr.
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