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.”
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.