I can now say it works VERY well for this. There are only a couple very minor things that have to be worked around, but nothing terrible at all. Primarily, the tab key tales two steps at the top of Pages, but I'm going to look at styles and see if I can't set something up that tabs over automatically when I hit return at the beginning of a paragraph. Also takes a little getting used to on editing with the way you have to tap the screen, but gets better. As far as typing, getting used to the virtual keyboard very fast and almost up to full speed like I am on the MacBook Pro. Feels a little strange at first, but get used to it quickly. My wife loves the fact that she no longer has to hear clicking keys when we are in bed at night while I work. The ability to just turn on and off and have immediate access to the work is outstanding! One of my biggest issues before was that if I didn't have the computer on, I would lose the urge to write periodically while I waited for the laptop to boot up. Not an issue now, needless to say. And being able to just go into and out of the book so quickly is making a huge difference on how much I am getting done. Don't know if my book will actually get picked up for publication, going to try hard but it's and incredibly hard market to beak into. But at least the shift to the iPad is working exactly how I wanted and is giving me the tools that I needed to try accomplishing my dream.