Browsing the web on an iPad is a real pleasure. Safari does a fine job displaying web pages. Here's how you can opt to open a web link in a new page rather than the page you are currently viewing.
Just press and hold your finger over the link for a couple of seconds and a menu will popup. Choose the "Open in New Page" button. You can also opt to copy the link or to open it on the existing page if you prefer.
[iPad] Open links in new page | Kioskea.net