"It does books?": what iPad consumers really think

<p>Those queuing to buy an iPad this morning had mixed responses to the question of whether they would use it to read e-books, with one person admitting he did not know the device even had such a function.</p><p>Around 200 people were at the Apple store at Westfield Shepherds Bush when it opened at 8am this morning.</p><p>Staff applauded the first person in the queue to enter, who had arrived at the shopping centre before 7am. However, there were still plenty of devices left as <em>The Bookseller</em> acquired its own (review to come shortly), but the retailer declined to state how many it had in stock.&nbsp; </p><p>Many queuing were discussing the iPad&#39;s browsing and video capabilities. However, Matt Smith, from Kensal Rise, said the iBookstore was a factor in his decision to purchase. He said: &quot;I was planning on buying an e-book reader before the Kindle was announced. But the iPad is much much better.&quot; </p><p>Curry&#39;s in the City had a queue of around 50 people, while PC World on Tottenham Court Road had roughly 100. </p><p>Rachel Jones, 25, media worker, said: &quot;One of the main reasons I&#39;m buying it is to read. I saw the YouTube advert of the iBookstore and it looks great. I try to read e-books on my iPhone and they&#39;re just&nbsp; too small. I&#39;m a big Twilight fan and those are the first books I&#39;m hoping to buy.&quot;</p><p>But John Herbert, 42, city analyst, said: &quot;It does books? I might in the end read e-books on it, but it&#39;s not my main reason for getting one. I&#39;m thinking about movies, music, the web; something for the commute, really.<br /> <br /> Stephen MacLean, 36, barrister, added: &quot;It&#39;s about multi-functionality to me. When I travel now I have my laptop, newspapers, a book. Now it&#39;s all here. I think I might not read books on it too much, though. It&#39;s all about the screen. I do see myself reading magazines a lot. Short bursts of reading.&quot;<br /> <br /> Erik Bjorkman, 41, City worker, said&#39;: &quot;I am buying it partly to read to the kids. A couple friends from the States have one, and the kids book experience is great.&quot;<br /> </p><p>No one had queued overnight at Westfield, which shuts in the evening.<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/may/27/apple-ipad-uk-launch" target="_blank"> There were reports of more than 1,000 people queuing at the flagship branch on Regent&#39;s Street.</a></p><p>&quot;Yet judging by the length &ndash; or brevity &ndash; of the queue outside the store, which by mid-afternoon comprised just five people, Apple&#39;s latest offering &ndash; a 9-inch touchscreen tablet computer operated like its hit iPhone &ndash; is not drawing the crowds in the same way as previous product launches, which attracted scores of patient buyers,&quot; the Guardian noted.&nbsp; </p>