I mean, look at that Marvel app (just look at it). I was a comic-book kid, and I’m a comic-book grownup, and the thing that made comics for me was sharing them. If there was ever a medium that relied on kids swapping their purchases around to build an audience, it was comics. And the used market for comics! It was — and is — huge, and vital. I can’t even count how many times I’ve gone spelunking in the used comic-bins at a great and musty store to find back issues that I’d missed, or sample new titles on the cheap. (It’s part of a multigenerational tradition in my family — my mom’s father used to take her and her sibs down to Dragon Lady Comics on Queen Street in Toronto every weekend to swap their old comics for credit and get new ones).
There will never be an iPod for a book. I do want a technology that allows me to read pdfs and other free stuff off the web while curled up on the couch. But actually replacing books is out of the question.
Again, it worked with music because music always required a machine. Books are not machines so the pros of using a machine are marginal.
And I never wanted an iPad either. Honestly, these people make amazing desktops and laptops and need to find a way to brag about it every once in a while. This flashy stuff seems distracting.