[caption id="attachment_28961" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="The web-enabled Apple iPad starts at $499. "]The Apple iPad will start at $499. [/caption]

Apple’s new tablet computer, the iPad, could push other companies to bring more color-capable eReaders to the market in a move that could make digital books more commonplace on school campuses, educators said after the long-awaited release of the technology giant’s latest product.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad Jan. 27, calling it a new third category of mobile device that is neither smart phone nor laptop, but something in between.

The iPad,...

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