Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'm glad I didn't buy an ipad today

I went to the Apple Store intending to buy an iPad today. We shouldn't spend money now, but I looked at the numbers of people buying it (500,000), and I thought about the ebook market, and I concluded I should get one for the sake of the small press we're starting (for Shadow Unit and our stuff that's out of print).

But when I got down there and played with it, well, it was just a toy.

And the store was packed with hipsters and yuppies in clothes that cost more than mine.

And I started thinking about how $600 could change a poor person's life.

And I walked out.

When I got back, I saw this: Apple App Store Bans Pulitzer-Winning Satirist for Satire | Epicenter |

We'll probably get our work into the Apple Store. But we don't need an iPad to do that.


  1. I've seen several people with one, and I don't get it, literally or figuratively. (No wonder: I don't like the "Apple tax" or their hell-bent tendency to lock down their customers. But neither am I interested in other tablets due out this year.)

  2. I like the idea of the iPad, but I'm not all that keen on the implementation. Too much icing, not enough cake. And I adore my iPod Touch - it reads to me while I do stuff, and when I'm not doing stuff, I can read on it. But it fits in my pocket.

  3. Scott, I'm tempted by the other tablets because I love the idea of being able to draw on the screen. And the music apps are tempting, too. But it'll all depend on price and implementation.

    pericat, technically, we have an iPod Touch, but actually, Emma does, and she loves hers, too. (She will let me play with it when she's not using it.)

  4. pericat, your comment of "Too much icing, not enough cake" is exactly right. There is nothing that the ipad does that a netbook (or whatever they are calling the smaller laptops this week) can't do for half the cost. I'm not really a fan of the form factor either, it seems to be either too big or too small most of the time.