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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How Cost Effective is the iPad Versus the Textbook?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:00 AM

"Looks like Apple is on the verge of capturing yet another lucrative market, and changing education as we know it... Or are they?"

I've always thought that using the iPad in place of a textbook would be awesome if I were back in school, and I still do, however the cost comparison they used does make me pause. Granted, they are making a few assumptions such as cost of the "book" on the iPad versus what a textbook will cost, as well as the true cost the school will pay for the iPad. I think the biggest mistake is that the market created will be high school. I'm sure some will adopt this, but I think the more appropriate place is for the college student. That is where the true value of using the iPad will be realized. All the textbooks will be on it, you can write your papers on it, and use it for entertainment in your down time. It is the perfect vehicle for the college student and I hope that is where they focus, at least initially. What are your thoughts?

Friday, January 13, 2012

iTunes Got You Down? Well, Take Control!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"TidBITS Publishing has released the second edition of "Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ," by iTunes expert and audiophile Kirk McElhearn."

This also includes info on Music Match and using iTunes in the Cloud, as well as some coupons for a few programs that will help you get your iTunes library in order. It's $15.00 USD (for the eBook version, $27.99 USD for the paperback version) and available right here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All About Steve for Your eBook Reading Pleasure

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:39 PM

"Here's a little something to tide you over until the official Steve Jobs biography is released. The editors of Fortune have compiled a selection of stories about Jobs into an ebook for Kindle called ‘All About Steve'."

And with "All About Steve: The Story of Steve Jobs and Apple from the Pages of Fortune" you get 17 stories over the last 20 years that the editors found worthy of compiling into this eBook. Available now at for $8.79 USD.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Free eBooks From Apple and Starbucks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:22 AM

"Apple loves giving Starbucks customers free stuff. This week it introduced an e-book Pick of the Week to go along with the free song and app of the week programs it already has in place. Books can be redeemed through Apple iBookstore, for use with iBooks on iOS devices."

The book is normally $12.99 USD so not a bad free gift. Bonus if it's readable. Add this to the free songs and apps, makes you want to go into Starbucks even more doesn't it? Who cares about coffee! Well, I do actually, this is just a nice enhancement to it though.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Safari Books Online Now For iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 PM

"Safari Books Online (SBO) has announced the availability of Safari To Go, its second-generation iPad app (first launched in November 2010) that offers access to SBO's extensive library of books and videos. This free application lets users mark favorites, save books for offline reading, search by topic and more."

If you need a technical oriented book, this might be the app for you. Now on the iPad, Safari Books Online (with a name like that wonder how they got through the App Store approval process) offers thousands of books and videos, all with a technical bent. It works on either Wi-Fi or 3G but preference for best performance is Wi-Fi and future updates will offer improved 3G performance. It's free and available now.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Random House Accepts Apple's Pricing Model

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:09 AM

"Add another potential announcement to the already long list of items we are expected to hear from Apple Wednesday: iBooks. Random House, one of the largest publishers of physical books, is now ready to accept Apple's "agency" pricing model for ebooks sold through the Cupertino, Calif. company's iBookstore."

Sure, they haven't been announced officially but making an announcement like this leads one to believe that the announcement is imminent, perhaps even tomorrow as the story says. This is a pretty big deal for iBooks since Random House is one of the largest publishers of books in the US with over 17,000 titles, and was the last major holdout on going along with the pricing structure that Apple set up for iBooks.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Get Your Free Copy of The Macintosh Way

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Classic Apple" @ 08:00 AM

"For those of us who were followers of Apple back in the 80s and 90s, there was no single person who defined the enthusiasm and overall attitude of the company more than Guy Kawasaki. Guy was part of the team responsible for the original marketing of the Mac, and is credited with the use of evangelism in tech marketing to create a passionate following for a product."

I still have my copy, autographed by Guy Kawasaki when he was doing the book tour for the release of this book, and now you can get a copy without having to stand in line. Just make sure you are following him on Twitter, then go to the verification site to download the free eBook of The Macintosh Way.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Here is One Way to Get PDFs on Your iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Let's say you found a great PDF on the web. It has exactly what you need in order to wow your boss. Or, maybe it has what you need in order to win that ongoing argument with your friend. Either way, you need to get your hands on that PDF outside the web, and you do not want to wait for the next time you and your intended target are near a computer."

Using Good Reader for iPad [affiliate link] (coincidentally on sale now for $0.99 USD), is one way to get those PDFs on your iPad for reading later, and it is pretty simple as these directions demonstrate.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Free eBooks from Barnes and Noble

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:29 PM

"No, we're not talking about the gazillions of classic texts available from stalwart sources like Project Gutenberg or the oft-times fuzzy tomes available from Google Books. We're talking high-quality, newish E-Books from your friendly neighborhood giant behemoth of a bookseller Barnes & Noble."

This promo started about two weeks ago, and has three weeks left, ending approximately on June 20th. All you have to do is bring a Nook, or any eBook reader with the Barnes & Noble software installed (ie iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, etc), into one of their brick and mortar stores, and you get a code for a free eBook. The books they plan to give away in no particular order are Alexander McCall Smith's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," Jim Butcher's "Storm Front," Chris Anderson's "The Long Tail," Elizabeth Berg's "Home Safe," and Lee Child's "One Shot."

Friday, May 28, 2010

Barnes and Noble App for iPad Released

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:00 AM

"Barnes & Noble released its eReader for iPad (free) this week. This latest incarnation adds some features that the iPhone version lacks, like text highlighting and room for annotations (something I wish Apple's iBooks app did). But more than that, eReader for iPad is about sharing."

This app supports the ebook format, shopping in Barnes & Noble, some text highlighting and annotations and best of all it allows sharing, just like their Nook e-reader does. It's free [iTunes link] and available now.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Google to Make the Jump Into Ebooks

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"Add Google to the list of companies planning an ebook service. The Internet giant's Google Editions service could be up and running as early as June, the Mountain View, Calif. company told publishers Tuesday. Google would compete with Apple, Amazon and Barnes & Noble for the growing audience of electronic readers."

The big difference here, between Google, iBook, Amazon and Barnes & Noble is that the "Google Editions" is going to be available from any browser, and not just on a particular device like the iPad or Kindle. Another twist to all this is that Google Editions will be sold through other websites so you aren't tied to a particular site such as or the iBook store. I prefer to have my books on a reader so I don't have to depend on an Internet connection to read them so I will have no interest in this, what are your thoughts?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free iPad Starter Guide From Macworld

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:00 AM

"As you may know, for the past few years we've been publishing a series of books, more or less bi-monthly. The Macworld Superguides are available as downloadable PDFs, on paper, and some of them even appear as iPhone apps."

Eventually Macworld will get these super guides out for the iPad via iBook, but until they do they are offering a free e-book called the "iPad Starter Guide" that you can download and put into iTunes and sync with your iPad.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Perseus Books Signs With Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

"Despite threats from Amazon that it will stop selling the independent publisher's books if they sign on with Apple's iBookstore, Perseus Books Group, the largest independent publisher, has signed a deal with Apple."

Zagat and Workman Press also signed deals, so they certainly aren't responding favorably to pressure from Amazon to refrain from signing with Apple. There are are still several that haven't signed deals, but no matter (at least for me) since Amazon is set to come through with a Kindle App for the iPad, along with Barnes & Noble.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Barnes & Noble on the iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"That's the word from the giant U.S. bookseller. There is already a version for the iPhone and iPod touch, and Barnes & Noble says customers can expect the free software around the time of the iPad launch."

I keep looking for news on doing the same thing, but alas, nothing. I may have to add a Barnes & Noble account to my book supplier list anyway, but I expect Amazon to come out with something similar since they already have a pretty good program on the iPhone. Why would they pass on the revenue stream this could generate?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another Option Emerges for Text Books

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"Big-time textbook publisher Macmillan is introducing new software called DynamicBooks, which will let college professors curate e-books for their own courses."

I hated having to pay the outrageous text book prices when I was in college, even more so when they jacked up the prices on used books, so now as a parent of a soon to be college student (fingers crossed) I'm all for any possible way to cut those costs down. With this method, they are posting the textbook online and allow professors to add paragraphs, add links, add extra sources and updates without having to check in with the author (I can seem some hazards here). Students can then purchase the books through the local school bookstore, or to go or CourseSmart to get them. Sounds like this is going to be just perfect for the iPad.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Amazon Complies With Macmillan Higher Pricing Request

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 11:00 AM

"Amazon has caved to Macmillan's demands that it raise the prices it charges for Kindle books to as much as $15. What does this mean for Amazon?"

Well I think it means they saw the writing on the wall with the iPad looming on the horizon. You may or may not have seen the story, about pulling titles from Macmillan due to a feud over pricing, Macmillan wanting their books priced dynamically, from $5.99USD to $14.99 USD instead of the usual $9.99 USD pricing the Kindle store uses (which they lose money on I'm told). Now has relented and agreed to the request. I think it is like all things, the pricing should reflect what the market will bear. That is the way a free market economy, or as close to a free market economy we can get with all the government intervention, should work. Ultimately the consumer will dictate what prices the books will be sold at, which is the way it should be. What are your thoughts?

Monday, December 21, 2009

eBook Sale At Take Control

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"If you're thinking of a flash drive for a nice stocking stuffer, you might want to pre-load it with some cool Apple-oriented ebooks. Take Control, which publishes many technology titles, is having a 50 percent off sale on its ebooks through Dec. 31, 2009."

They have several Apple related books, such as iPhone ‘09 Visual Quick Start Guide ($15) and Macworld iPhone & iPod touch Superguide, Third Ed. ($12.95). All ebooks are DRM-free and if you want to load up that flash drive, here is the link to the sale with the coupon.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Textbooks on Your iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

" Inc. now has a Kindle competitor for textbooks: a California company called CourseSmart." has been trying to sell it's Kindle DX to students and faculty as an alternative to the textbook. Now CourseSmart is entering the market with it's own textbook reader on the iPhone or iPod Touch. has lined up all the major textbook publishers to provide content, but now some of those same publishers are involved in this offering from CourseSmart. CourseSmart has over 7,000 titles from 12 publishers, and students will "rent" the textbooks for a set amount of access time, usually 180 days. The Kindle versions are purchased outright. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to both methods, but anything to foster competition and drive down prices is a plus, especially in the notoriously overpriced world of textbooks. 

Monday, February 9, 2009

Kindle Content on the iPhone? Bad Idea.

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"Although Amazon's Kindle is great device that helps sell content and add revenue for Amazon, the move to offer content on other devices makes sense. Not everyone is going to plunk down $400 for a dedicated eBook reader. Most of those same folks do however, already own a capable mobile phone handset. Why not add those devices to the potential revenue stream?"

Just because a device can do something, doesn't mean it should. I have a Kindle. It's one of my favorite tech devices ever and has made numerous plane trips much better for me. I can't even imagine reading a full length book on something the size of the iPhone. The idea just makes me cringe. Secondly, the e-ink screen makes reading infinitely easier to begin with. It's much easier on the eyes, and works great in sunlight. Just try and do that with any LCD display device.

The Kindle's greatness isn't based in the fact that it's an ebook reader, it's in the way it does it. The big e-ink screen, wireless connectivity, and insane battery life make it a fantastic device for reading books on a flight or anywhere else for that matter. I just don't see the iPhone being a great book reader. It may work as a substitute for some people, but I have a feeling those people are just rationlizing not spending on a keyboard, but not having a really good experience.

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