There is a lot of discussion on the net about the new iPad and how it's going to affect the future of books. Many people are worried that publishers will pull back on print runs and people will stop buying traditional paper and ink copies. Seems like I've heard this before. Back when eReaders first came out. I'm a computer lover, especially of the Mac variety. I think the iPad will be a neat addition to the Apple family. Will I stop buying books if I decide to purchase an iPad? Never. Nothing electronic will ever replace the feel and even smell of a book. I like electronic devices for convenience if I'm in a line or waiting at a doctor's office, but even then I often bring my paperback in my purse.
I'm curious what other writers and non-writers think about this issue. Will the iPad replace real books? Will some other electronic device do what so many others couldn't?