Do you have an actual source on this? Because I've heard the iPad will be able to read a variety of formats. My current (very small) collection of e-books is in .pdf format, so as to be universally compatible with everything. I would have a very hard time believing the iPad will be unable to read .pdf files (though it may use a different program to open them than e-books from the iBookstore).
ETA: I'd assumed iBooks would be like iTunes, which links directly with the iTunes store but is also capable of playing any .mp3 file downloaded from anywhere.
no idea - as I said, I just assumed that, like Apple software in general, that it wouldn't be compatible.
if it *is*, then they should be using that fact as a major selling point. Still won't get me to BUY one, since I don't have $400 lying around (and the keyboard doesn't work for me, too small).
I'm holding out for the $99 ebook reader, myself.
start laughing now...