Christopher Phin at Tap! Magazine asked why people buy iPads.
Phin’s basic answer boils down to this:
People buy iPads both specifically because they can see where it’s going to fit into their home or office lives, and because they’re understandably drawn to a shiny slab of Apple gorgeousness – from where the useful, practical, productive bit often follows.
Analyzing his comment, he is not saying that iPads are useless, but that often people just don’t know what they are going to use them for when the get them — but they just want one because they look pretty cool and besides, most of their friends already have one.
Phin also states:
People often don’t have a clear practical use in mind when they’re buying one; but over weeks and months, they start using it more for all kinds of both predictable and unexpected tasks, and using traditional computers less.
Some people read books on the iPad. That’s fine if you don’t want to go back and do searches later.
The Kindle allows you to put books into files so the handling of many books is much superior to the iPad, which simply stores them all in a bunch.
The Kindle allows you to search for things within the book.
Someone may create an app that will allow the user to sort and store books on the iPad and do searches within the book. Until then don’t give away your Kindle.