IF I'm going to carry around something the size of an i-Pad I'll take a Laptop. While the I-Store has lots of Apps, I refuse to put myself in a position that i have to buy everything from one company. That is just asking for trouble. Apple totally and completely controls what you can put on the I-pad, sorry not me.
And as far as e-books, there are 3 problems for me:
1. They are too fragile, drop it from 3 feet and start looking for a new one.
2. No hard cases to protect them durring travel,
3. Too many e-books cost more that real books.
I understand the concept of being able to load 1000 books on this device, but why pay a lot for the device that I can;t get all titles on, the books cost more, and if it breaks I have to buy another to read my books. Books are far more durable and reliable than any e-book reader.