Dec. 27, 2010 at 2:05 PM ET
The other day I removed iBooks from my iPad, because, in a world where major book retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble have very nice e-book apps for iPad, it is utterly superfluous. To my surprise, I was greeted with the following warning:
The iBooks app is not installed on "Wilson's iPad", so you will not be able to read books on your iPad.
Look, maybe they meant something like:
The iBooks app is not installed on "Wilson's iPad", so you will not be able to read books purchased through iBooks, or PDFs and ePUB documents loaded through iTunes, on your iPad.
What they should say instead is:
The iBooks app is not installed on "Wilson's iPad", so you'll have to rely on the wealth of free and paid apps, available in the iTunes App Store, for enjoying e-books, PDFs and other rich book experiences. We're actually a little sorry we went into the book business, but hey, there is that iBooks-exclusive authorized bio of Steve Jobs being written by that famous Ben Franklin/Albert Einstein biographer, so there's at least one reason to own it.
New iPad owners, do yourselves a favor: Download the Kindle app, and remove iBooks. Pay no attention to the arrogant warning. Accidental or deliberate, it's just plain wrong. And while we're at it, what's with those quotes around "Wilson's iPad" — what, Apple, you don't believe it's mine? You don't think I'm good enough for your little magical device???