If you love, or are familiar with the iPhone and iPod, then you are going to find that the iPad has many of the apps you already know. It will also give you access to Apple's App Store with many thousands more to chose from.
The navigation you are familiar with has also been incorporated into the iPad, which will also make it easy to use.
You can purchase a model which provides you with 3G connectivity which will be very useful when you are not in a WiFi zone. There is a wide range of features, accessories and apps available on and for the iPad, which means that it can be a great solution for both business and pleasure users.
Whilst many of the standalone eBook readers are now including a diverse range of features, I don't think that they will be able to outdo the iPad.
But what of the iPad as an eBook Reader? One of the major drawbacks is that the iPad has backlit LED display, which means that it is not as easy on the eye. I know that after a little while reading an eBook on the iPad, even using the free Kindle App, I am searching around for my Kindle!
So if you had thought about buying an iPad solely for reading electronic books, then I would suggest you think again. Having said that if I just want to dip into my eBooks whilst on a brief journey then I find it is reasonably okay and of course it lights up at night which the Kindle doesn't!
The iPad is obviously more expensive than a standard eBook Reader. Although, having said that if you are looking at the Kindle DX, then the iPad isn't that much more when you consider its extra functionality.
So does the iPad as an eBook Reader work? Yes it does and it does a good job of it for a short period of time before you become a little "eye weary" from looking at a backlit screen.
If you solely want an eBook Reader then the Kindle is probably the better choice. If you want more then the iPad makes sense and you could even treat yourself and get both!