Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Best iPad Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders [Kindle Edition]

Peter Meyers
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $17.99 What's this?
Kindle Price: $9.99
You Save: $8.00 (44%)

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.99  
Paperback --  
Shop the new tech.book(store)
New! Introducing the tech.book(store), a hub for Software Developers and Architects, Networking Administrators, TPMs, and other technology professionals to find highly-rated and highly-relevant career resources. Shop books on programming and big data, or read this week's blog posts by authors and thought-leaders in the tech industry. > Shop now

Book Description

What really wows iPad fans is when their touchscreen does what's impossible on other gadgets: the finger-painting app that turns a cross-country flight into a moving art class, the mini music studio (two-dozen instruments strong, each with motion-induced warble effects), and the portable fireworks display that you sculpt by swiping.

Problem is, with tens of thousands of apps available for your iPad, who knows what to download? You can try to sort through a gazillion customer reviews with a mix of 5- and 1-star ratings, but that’s a head-hurting time-waster. The stakes are getting higher, too: instead of freebies and 99-cent trinkets, the price of iPad apps is steadily creeping up and beyond their iPhone predecessors.

Best iPad Apps guides you to the hidden treasures in the App Store's crowded aisles. Author Peter Meyers stress-tested thousands of options to put together this irresistible, page-turner of a catalog. Inside these pages, you’ll find apps as magical as the iPad itself.

Flip through the book for app suggestions, or head directly to one of several categories we've loaded up with "best of" selections to help you:

  • Get work done
  • Manipulate photos
  • Make movies
  • Create comics
  • Browse the Web better
  • Take notes
  • Outline ideas
  • Track your health
  • Explore the world

No matter how you use your iPad, Best iPad Apps will help you find the real gems among the rubble -- so you make the most of your glossy gadget.



Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Peter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. After co-founding pioneering multimedia textbook publisher Digital Learning Interactive, he launched a successful career as a freelance journalist, writing about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. During a subsequent five-year tour of duty at O’Reilly Media he worked in the Missing Manual group, serving as managing editor and associate publisher. His most recent writing projects include Best iPad Apps (O’Reilly Media, 2010) and Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience. He blogs at www.newkindofbook.com and you can follow him on Twitter @petermeyers. Peter's undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Product Details

  • File Size: 21026 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB1YTK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
(23)
3.7 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best iPad Apps: Finding the Best Apps December 16, 2010
Format:Paperback
Ok. First blush reaction to the latest O'Reilly Press title "Best iPad Apps" was that it although timely it would quickly grow dated and the premise seemed best suited to a periodical magazine or website than a book. But...I was prepared to be convinced that the editors at O'Reilly had made a correct and in fact bold move with this title. The premise of the book is to excite users about the amazing things they can do with their new iPad by identifying the best apps available to take advantage of the revolutionary device.

The book is very high quality, and the prose is wonderfully lively prose - not words that I would typically use to describe a techie publication. The organization of the book is logical, breaking into product categories similar to those in the App Store. categories such as At Work, At Leisure or At Home seem sensible. I am a little unsure though about how At Leisure differs from at Play. Maybe it does, but it's a rather subtle distinction. What this leads to is the use of the book as a browse rather than search reference. This is not necessarily a bad thing and in fact I would expect that this book is in fact a superb selling device for apps on the store. I would be unsurprised where Apple to license the ebook and make it available to iPad buyers as a catalogue. The tendency however would be to work through the book from start to finish rather than refer to it when one wanted to find a particular app to suit a particular need.

Each page features a separate application featuring a screen shot of the application, a short summary of the application and a couple callouts highlighting the special features of the app. Apps are characterized as being best in their class (unfortunately another aspect I fear will become dated).
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more "Horseless Carriages" December 23, 2010
Format:Paperback
I got my iPad as a tool to accomplish things with more mobility and efficiency, not to spend time wandering virtual supermarket aisles looking for the shiniest variation on a theme. Given that, I was immediately attracted by this title from O'Reilly. Both the author, Peter Meyers, and the publisher have the right credentials and reputation to address my need.

The content is well organized, with chapters (and sections) that support both leisurely browsing and focused navigation: At Work, At Leisure, Creative Corner, At Play, At Home, Out and About, For Your Health.

The reviews typically provide an app's icon (great for quick visual reference), price, reviewed version (important in the fast-moving world of the App Store), publisher, overview, well-organized comments and usage tips, and screen shots for key points.

The rankings Meyers gives were highly consistent with my experience on key apps I regularly use. More important, he is clear about his point of view and why he evaluates as he does--a crucial feature for this type of reference. On my first reading, he introduced me to new and useful possibilities. I will be keeping this book within easy access for ongoing use.

Finally, I must confess a slightly wistful thought that turned out to be premature. I still remember the early days of the World Wide Web, when a variety of printed "yellow-pages to the Web" books appeared. Most of them had a fairly short shelf-life, as the explosive growth of the web left them quickly out of date. I immediately wondered whether this book would have such a future. But...

What's that about horseless carriages?
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best iPad Apps Book About the Best iPad Apps;) January 26, 2011
Format:Paperback
The latest Apple iPad commercial shows there are currently over 600,000 apps available. Plus this number grows every day. If you are a novice or an expert with your iPad it is overwhelming to know which apps are worth the money. Best iPad Apps has some worthwhile recommendations to start your app adventures. The book isn't very long, but it covers several categories including apps for work, play, health, leisure and more.

The author's titles for each app are fun. For example, one app is titled "Best Game for Killing Pigs With Birds." Can you guess which app that is? I like the author's short descriptions of each app. They are informational and fun to read. He convinced me to download quite a few of the apps. The pages show full color pictures of scenes in the app with the prices listed. Some are just silly, but I'm sure someone else might find them useful. My favorite section is the photos and movies. I found some gems. I have several apps on my wish list and will be referring back to the book. My parents have already borrowed it. Here is a list of some of my favorites that I discovered reading the book:

Pages: Best app for creating Beautiful Documents $9.99

Photo Artist HD-Oil: Best app for Oil Painting Your Photos $4.99

Drawing Pad- Best App for Drawing Time for Kids $1.99

Interactive Alphabet for iPad-Best App for Learning ABCs $2.99

Craigslist Pro for iPad- Best App for Craigslist Browsing $.99
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Convenient Way for Discovering New iPad Apps December 26, 2010
Format:Paperback
iPad has been a revolutionary electronic device for many reasons. It bridges the gap between laptop computers at one end, and smartphones and other handheld computing devices at the other. It builds on the success of iPhone, and it finally makes the promise of tablet computing become a reality. iPad comes already capable of running almost all iPhone apps, and since its launch many more iPad exclusive apps have been developed. These apps have become one of the main driving forces behind the iPad's adoption and have greatly contributed to its popularity. As of this writing there is over 100,000 of these apps available thought iTunes, which makes it somewhat difficult for users to find the ones that will best suite their needs.

This short and colorful guide aims to introduce some of the best of these apps and give an honest in-depth review of their main features. The guide is up to date with the latest editions of the apps. All apps are presented with a short yet informative description and a screenshot that gives one a rough idea of what the app looks like. I have already been familiar with some of the apps that are presented in here, but the vast majority were new to me. The book will probably give you many great ideas about what new things you could use your iPad for.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable and fun guide to iPad apps.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots of geat apps to look at
Published 16 days ago by Virginia Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars good overview for starters
Good overview of what apps are available. Question the rating on some of them, but a good overview for new iPad users
Published 5 months ago by REYES pADUA
3.0 out of 5 stars good for browsing apps, but online resources are more timely
Really good to see what apps are out there. I found many apps that do things I never thought about doing on an iPad. Read more
Published 11 months ago by R George Komoto
4.0 out of 5 stars Still useful for ideas
Even though this book, which was published in 2010, would seem to be too dated to be of any value, I actually thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Judith
3.0 out of 5 stars okay, but other ways to get information for ipad apps
purchased this book thinking it would open other ideas. A couple for me, but found that going to app store gave you just about the same information and ratings.
Published on July 4, 2012 by colleenwl
4.0 out of 5 stars THE MANUAL MISSING FOR iPAD
iPAD comes without an owner's manual. Some supplemental support is virtually necessary to use many of its incredible functions and apps. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by WOONEY
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
This is the worst purchase. I thought it was going to give me a list of awesome apps but instead it gave me a few of the best apps if you are looking for certain things. Read more
Published on November 6, 2011 by Kathleen N. Spoto
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Necessary
I bought the book because I bought an Ipad. The book is good in that it introduces you to (a fraction of) apps. Save your money.
Published on August 8, 2011 by John K. Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool!
This book is a great tool for anyone - iPad literate or not. Book was broken up into chapters that make it easier to find what you are looking for. Read more
Published on June 21, 2011 by Jennifer Casler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great iPad tool
This reference takes you to the best of the best iPad apps. In addition to being a good time saver this colorful book is just as entertaining. Read more
Published on June 2, 2011 by RandallM6
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Peter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. After co-founding pioneering multimedia textbook publisher Digital Learning Interactive, he launched a successful career as a freelance journalist, writing about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. During a subsequent five-year tour of duty at O'Reilly Media he worked in the Missing Manual group, serving as managing editor and associate publisher. His most recent writing projects include Best iPad Apps (O'Reilly Media, 2010) and Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience. He blogs at www.newkindofbook.com and you can follow him on Twitter @petermeyers. Peter's undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category