I wouldn't accept an iPad if they offered it to me for free.
I agree completely. An iPad came my way as a raffle prize, I simply passed it off to my sister (who sadly seems enamoured with Apple products).
I tried to read an eBook on it, since it's form factor is suited to that reasonably well. Except there's no way to zoom the text without having to pan across the entire page (that's acceptable for a PDF viewer maybe, but definitely not a browser, esp on a tablet). The inability to zoom was also problematic when trying to click on links, which was exacerbated by the inability to use a (conventional) stylus. (Apple should have included a built-in stylus, or made sure that all programs* had decent zoom support).
* This is a fair criticism since they retain such fine control over the App Store. Even if not, they could at least ensure the default apps did.
OK, maybe I'll just use RDP with my desktop. Except there's no way to right click, and the native keyboard is worse than the one included in Windows.
The impression I got from the App Store was that I was being nickled and dimed for everything. Almost every app (even something as simple as a SSH client) required payment. And those that don't are filled with ads. Even if you don't want to pay for anything, Apple still demands your credit card number.
tldr; I'll take a Linux ARM netbook anyday.