A strong indication that publishers are stumped by the iPad: This morning in Times Square, a horde of Wall Street Journal paper hawkers were armed with iPads displaying the Journal’s application. One of these newsies tried to get the attention of this devoted reader of the Times dead-tree edition. “Look! The Wall Street Journal is on the iPad,” he said. “You’ll never get ink on your fingers again!” Perhaps, but at $19.78 a box, these Ink Away Hand Cleaning Pads are still a better deal.

Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.