In spite of what others have stated as fact, there is diversity in opinion on what constitutes an e reader.
MobileRead Wiki - LCD E-Book Reader Matrix
Wiki contains a list of LCD based e-book readers and some believe that the LCD based readers are superior.
One of the beauties of the IPAD design, in my humble and obvousy elderly and illconcieved opinion is that it can be an e-reader to some owners who buy it specifically to be a reader.
Personally I found that what I thought would be dissadvantages of the IPAD over my Kindle were not. True it is heavier and a bit more challenging to hold single handed while in bed, but you can not read the Kindle in the dark. And you can switch the IPAD kindle reader to white text on a black background for reading after the lights are out and the wife would complain if you had the lights on. I use it nightly in this manner and really enjoy it.
Again, at the risk of being called stupid and an Apple hater, I have to give kudos to the IPAD designers for doing such a good job at creating a device that while it does not displace my desktops or laptops, fills a niche that I did not know I had till I began enjoying using my IPAD.
And when I have it in reader mode, yes it is an e-reader.
I am leaping to a personal assumption that some are concerned that if they admit that it is a very good e-reader then that will somehow weaken their argument that the IPAD is a real computer. Interesting. Illogical and in my worthless and ill formed opinion wrong but interesting nonetheless
I think it can be many things to many people. I see it as more of an entertainment / media consumption device, that you can read on in a pinch. Others see it as an e-reader. Others see it as a complete laptop replacement. It really depends on your particular needs, your particular tastes, and how your eyes react to LCD vs. e-Ink.
I don't think anyone is "wrong" or "right" in giving their opinion on how they enjoy using the device. Just because I need to make complicated spreadsheets or use Photoshop and find it unsuitable as a laptop replacement, doesn't mean that someone else can't be perfectly happy with it. And while I prefer my K2 for reading, other people have different preferences and the iPad may meet their needs better.
Personally, I just hope it brings the joy of reading to more and more people.
My iPad has replaced my Nook unless I am reading outside.
I have been reading e-books since my handspring visor (yep I am that old). I tried the nook. Have to turn overhead or reading light on way too high for me plus page turning is painfully slow. Since I am sun sensitive the sunlight on the iPad doesn't bother me cause I would be burned to a crisp before it did.
My e-book library is hundreds and hundreds of volumes. The iPad is one device that I can read all my books on. A document in dropbox is my card catalogue. I have iBooks, kindle app and nook app. Not all books are available from each store so this way I can have almost any book I want.
Anyone else wonder why "The Hunger Games" isn't on iBook?
Well. It works for me anyways. Guess that is why there is chocolate and vanilla.
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If you have e-books from many different retailers, and don't mind reading on an LCD screen, the iPad makes for an attractive proposition.
While I believe my Kindle DX is superior for much/most of my reading needs, the Kindle is a "one trick pony" while the iPad lets me shift from reading to many other functions and back rather seamlessly. Of course I have the Kindle App and can access any of my Kindle "based" books [not ones that I have loaded to my Kindle 'not through the Amazon Kindle store'] Those I can read both places. I expect the multi-tasking capability of 4.2 will expand that capability. My prediction--Amazon will be coming out with color ink soon, maybe in 2011. They already have folders on the Kindle.