June 10, 2010
Tao Lin rip-off to go head to head with iPad
by Dan O'Connor
Has Melville House author and provocateur Tao Lin inspired a new iPad competitor? At the Global Post, Jonathan Adams writes â€œMove over iPad, itâ€™s the eeePad.”
Tao Lin, whose forthcoming novel, Richard Yates, will be in stores this September, published his first novel, Eeeee Eee Eeee, with Melville House in 2007.
Adams calls the eeePad, created by Taiwanese computer giant Asustek, â€œperhaps the most promisingâ€ of the iPad-inspired knock-offs on display at the Computex trade show in Taiwanâ€™s capitol city, Taipei.
The device, which is expected to be available early next year, has â€œall the cool stuff the iPad lacks: a USB port, a webcam and support for Adobe’s Flash player. It’s also got a nifty keyboard dock.â€
Although Adams infers that the eeePad is a â€œnot-so-subtly named tributeâ€ to the iPad, it seems more likely to be an even less subtle appropriation â€”- the word â€œrip-offâ€ comes to mind -â€” of Taiwanese-American Linâ€™s onomatopoeically named novel.
Contacted via email Lin commented, “I think they’re Paypal’ing me my royalties soon. I look forward to being contacted about a eeeee eee eeeePad featuring a dolphin-shaped monitor and quotes from my novel emblazoned on its exterior.”
Dan O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Melville House.