Tim Marman suggest that Tablet PC rental shops might be a good idea:
Someone suggested a Tablet PC rental store awhile back. I think this is an extraordinary idea – an idea Microsoft might seriously want to consider. Tell them about it, and they’ll blow it off as something that is all hype and only has utility in niche markets. Get the Tablets in the hands of people and, more often than not, you’ll have a convert.
It’s strange: Apple came up with a similar idea to push the early Mac. I wonder if pen computing is at the same stage now as the GUI was then?