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Monday, April 5, 2010

The iPad

The iPad launched over the weekend and today there are tons of articles and reviews of the device. Here is a round-up of some of the news:

  • According to Apple’s website the company sold over 300,000 iPads on Saturday. Users also downloaded over one million apps and over 250,000 e-books from the iBookstore during the first day. The Bits Blog points out that Apple sold 270,000 first generation iPhones the day it launched in 2007.
  • The arrival of the iPad has prompted many questions from CIO’s. An article from Inside Higher Ed discusses some of the opinions and questions that have come up.
  • The New York Times has an article that compares iBooks to the Kindle for iPad app. Currently the iBooks app has about 60,000 paid titles and 30,000 free titles compared to the Kindle’s 450,000 titles. The verdict is that iBooks is the better app and Kindle is the better platform.
  • The ZDNet Blog takes a look at the iBooks, Kindle, and Kobo reading apps for the iPad (the Barnes & Noble app is not yet available).
  • Joe Wikert and an article from NPR discuss some pros and cons of the device.

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