From the Boston Globe, April 1994: Roger Fidler and a prototype tablet
While everyone else was swagging out at SXSW, the Washington Post ran a great piece over the weekend on Roger Fidler, a journalist who set up an innovation lab at Knight Ridder in the early 1990s with the goal of producing a tablet computer on which you could read newspapers.
So you've gone by and drooled over the newest Apple product at your local Apple store, wishing the thing didn't cost $500+. Or maybe you've decided it's not worth the money just yet and you can wait for the next generation(s) to be released. Maybe you're totally anti-iPad and have decided it'll never be worth having yet another device to cart around.
Let's face it: people who want to read static, black-and-white books (see: old people) are going to stick with their Kindles and Nooks. If the iPad is going to get any traction whatsoever (and for the record, we're predicting a faceplant, but that's another post) it's going to have to present its users with an experience they can't get on their iPhone.