I just counted “reading” apps on my own iPad. There are 18, including a number of “generic” eBook readers, as well as apps for individual magazines like Wired.
I’ve been reading the New York Times every day for weeks now. The iPad app is a great experience. It really is like reading a newspaper, with professional content – except that it’s even better, since I no longer have to fold and unfold it, manipulate huge sections. etc.
Whether it’s good enough that I’ll be prepared to pay a subscription for it from next year is another question.
I’ve been spending a lot more time every day on my iPad than on my laptop. One of the reasons is the Flipboard app, which not only allows you to aggregate your own news and social networking sites, but displays the content in very clean, pleasing layout with lots of white space.
Flipboard does fall down on video. Since the iPad does not support Flash, videos in Flipboard won’t play. Apple itself got around this issue for YouTube with a YouTube app; it’s not outwith the bounds of possibility that this could be somehow hooked in to Flipboard to enable video, but it’s definitely an issue right now.
However, for an app which launched only in July, it’s made a huge leap forward in combining news and social networking websites in one, easy-to-use and comfortable UI. I have a lot of ideas on how Flipboard could move forward to become a premiere app for iPad users. It would also be interesting to see how the lessons of Flipboard could be applied to websites viewed and laptops and desktops.
I’ve included some more screen shots from my iPad below to show just how attractive Flipboard makes these sites.