Access to the Web
Another big advantage of the iPad over e-book readers, and over printed books, is built-in Web access. You can check Wikipedia for a topic; look up a word in an online dictionary; and search various bookstores for related topicsall on the same device.
You can send an email or post to Facebook about something interesting, or just relieve your generalized anxiety about whether there’s anything in your email or other online services that you have to respond to, without going very far from your book.
We’re all so connected these days that not being able to share with your friends, or be available to your work colleagues, is a major impediment to enjoying a book. With the iPad, you can be as plugged in as you want to be. You may have to discipline yourself a bit – restrict yourself to checking email, for instance, every hour or so – but with an iPad, you have a device that you can easily use to make the choices that work for you.