"Not optimized for reading.
- As a PhD student, I have to read a lot and I was hoping that the iPad would help me in this regards. To my surprise (or frustration) the iPad is a horrible reading device. It does not have native support for PDFs, forget commenting or annotating on them. Further, the iPad has a LED-backlit display and not the OLED or AMOLED display. The LED display is not optimized for reading, especially outside ..."
"The sharpness. With its high pitched light contrast, iPad is a miracle picture book or photo frame - but designing long text passages for good readability is still a tough matter. ..."
"I'm crazy about Web browsing, movie watching and other activities on the iPad, but the idea of reading ordinary books on Apple's device just doesn't appeal to me. I prefer the old-fashioned experience of reading in the printed form."
"The iPad makes it easy to browse your library books, represented visually by colorful book covers. I found the iBooks reader's page-turn animations are both cool and annoying. ..."
"I doubt the iPad will beat it for reading. It's almost too distracting a device to support immersive reading. I kept wanting to do something else, aware it really was just a click away. The apparent wisdom of the Kindle's very limited approach actually seemed to be confirmed, critics be damned."
"... The iPad has beautiful visual effects for turning pages. Books with illustrations, like children's books, shine on the iPad's stunning color screen but still only hint at the full potential of marrying a high-powered microchip with the oldest mass medium."
"So websites look great on it. As does video. ... But books? Here, I'm less convinced.
... the screen looks superb, and swiping a finger across the screen to flip the page gives you an undeniable futuristic thrill. But the display, luminously gorgeous when replaying video, is simply not suited for reading articles at length."