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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449392474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449392475
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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.

Customer Reviews

I am a little unsure though about how At Leisure differs from at Play.
Shawn Day
I knew I'd landed a good book when its first recommendation was the Toodledo app as the "Best App for Basic To-Do Lists."
Bruce Keener
Best iPad Apps has some worthwhile recommendations to start your app adventures.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Day on 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).
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Joel Neely on 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?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookroom Reviews on 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
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 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.
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