Originally Posted by MR. Pockets
While the terms "ereader", "ebook reader" etc, are still not clearly defined, that definition (the complete wikipedia definition is a little narrow) is what I consider an ereader to be. The iPad clearly does not fit that definition. I'm not trying to be in your face/argumentative. I just have a problem with people calling the iPad (or other tablets) an ereader.
As for as you're concerned, an "ereader" is a dedicated device made for that purpose, and a multifunction device that can be used to do that as well as other things doesn't qualify.
Fair enough, and I agree some precision is required. I just had an exchange elsewhere with someone using ePub to refer to electronic publishing. I squawked for the same reason: ePub is the name for a specific ebook format, and we didn't need the confusion. (I was more concerned because the person making the comment was in publishing, and should have known better. As it happens, she did, and was just using the term as a snappy punch line.)
But interestingly, Apple pushed ebooks as a use case for the iPad, and I strongly suspect that's what most early buyers do
use it for.
What term would you suggest for a device that can display ebooks as well as perform other chores, especially when reading ebooks is
the main use it gets? (About 2/3s of the purpose in life of my PDA is is to be a book viewer.)