Apparently, all of the hype is real.
Apple sold 300,000 iPads sold on April 3, its launch day. This, Apple proudly crowed in a press release today. Not bad for a device that lists from $499-$829, depending on the desired available gigabytes.
Before the iPad’s highly awaited debut, the buzz had begun concerning how the iPad would stack up against e-readers in general and to Kindle, the Moby Dick of e-readers, in particular. The Associated Press says that the iPad’s touch screen navigation seems faster, compared to that of Kindle, which requires one to physically push buttons on the device. However, the iPad has a glossy screen that is more susceptible to glare, compared to Kindle’s more eye-friendly grayscale e-ink.
Amazon’s response to the iPad weakness: Hype Kindle’s strength on its website, as indicated below:
Other iPad weaknesses as an e-reader? According to Publishers Lunch, though the iPad has a Kindle app onboard, at least one online account says that Apple does not allow one to purchase books with the Kindle app. Additionally, book selection is also an issue. Again, per Publishers Lunch, though Apple’s iBookstore claims to have more titles compared to those available on Kindle, it’s a chore to find books published by any company not part of the so-called Agency Five publishers — Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins, and Penguin.
So, iPad versus Kindle? In this latest technological smack down, Stephen King, the horror author who has sold more than 350 million novels and short stories, comes down squarely on the side of the latter. King said this in the April 2 issue of Entertainment Weekly, to which he contributes:
I have no plans to get an iPad. I know it will do more things than my Kindle, but I don’t want more things. If I want other stuff – movies, TV, shows, weather forecasts, the forthcoming Josh Ritter album – I have a Mac. When it comes to reading, the Kindle supplies everything I want, thanks. I can order the last Michael Connelly out of thin air, carry it in my jacket pocket, and make the type as big as I want. After all that, should I insist it sing, dance, and give me GPS coordinates to the nearest Waffle house? Comrade Stevie says nyet.”
Though it’s clearly case closed for King, for technology laggards like me, iPad versus Kindle might require more rematches before either can win by either a decision or a TKO.