The Apple Tablet and Me: PW’s Calvin Reid

Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor at Publishers Weekly, and comics guru, inaugurates eBookNewser’s series of short opinion polls on the Apple tablet.

In anticipation of the unveiling of the now-mythic device (or its non-unveiling, if we’ve all been imagining things), eBookNewser will be asking techies, publishing people, and authors why or whether they think the Apple tablet matters. Here’s what Calvin Reid has to say:

“To me the Apple Tablet seems a kind of subconscious reaction to the Kindle and dedicated readers. Everyone is so fascinated with the Apple Tablet because deep down we’re really not happy with the basic technology and restrictive format that dedicated reading devices offer. Now I’m not sure that the Tablet will be the be-all device for reading either but certainly a device that offers multiple functions and a high quality UI experience (color, multimedia, web browsing, high res screen) seems closer to what we all think the digital reading experience should be. Or at least what I think it should be. And of course, I’m an Apple groupie like so many others. I’m curious to see if Jobs can come up with a new device that I’ll love as much as the iPod Touch (yes, its awesome) I got for Christmas.”