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About the Author

Sam Costello is a writer and web marketer living in Providence, Rhode Island. He has written about technology,movies, books, comics, food, and more for magazines and websites large and small, including PC World, CNN.com, Rue Morgue, Cape Cod Magazine, and InfoWorld. His writing has been published on five continents.

Sam has been the About.com Guide to iPhone and iPod since 2007. At that site—http://ipod.about.com—he writes reviews, how-to’s, and tech support articles about the iPhone, iPod, iTunes, and other Apple technologies.

In addition to nonfiction writing, he also writes comics and short stories.

By day, Sam is a technology manager at the Boston office of Digitas, a leading digital marketing agency.

Sam lives with his girlfriend Jenn and their two cats, Oni and Clarence. He holds a Media Studies degree from Ithaca College.

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Product Details

  • Series: My...
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (June 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789749513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789749512
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,419,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sam Costello is a writer of fiction, comics, and journalism living in Providence, RI. His writing has appeared on 5 continents and he has appears on CNNfn, the BBC, and multiple radio programs as a technology expert.

He has been writing about technology since 2000, covering digital copyright, the rise and fall of Napster, mobile devices, and computer and network security. He has written about PDAs, monitors, and printers for Samsung's consumer websites. Since 2007, he has been the About.com Guide to iPhone and iPod.

He strives to bring insightful, fair, and fun coverage to technology, not just approaching the subject from the perspective of the how of things, but more from the why.


Bibliography - Books
He is the author of My iPad for Kids, from Que Publishing (http://www.amazon.com/My-iPad-Kids-Sam-Costello/dp/0789749513/).


Bibliography - Short Works
His fiction has appeared in Punk Planet, Eschatology Journal, Misfit Magazine, and After the End (an anthology from Static Movement), and Cemetery Moon.

My short comics have appeared in Cthulhu Tales (Boom Studios), Negative Burn (Image Comics), and Split Lip (http://www.splitlipcomic.com), his web-based anthology of short horror comics.

His journalism on technology and film, books and food, culture and business has appeared in CNN.com, PC World, About.com, InfoWorld, Computeworld, Cape Code Magazine, The Hungover Gourmet, Bitch, and others. He contributed The Paris Review Perspective essay to Critical Insights: Harlan Ellison (http://www.amazon.com/Harlan-Ellison-Critical-Insights-Francavilla/dp/1587658283/).


Fiction/Comics Influences
As a writer of dark, weird fiction, Sam's influences are diverse. Some of his favorite authors include Joyce Carol Oates, Dan Chaon, Brian Evenson, AM Homes, Stuart O'Nan, Jim Crace, Clive Barker, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Josh Simmons, Charles Burns, Naoki Urasawa, and Junji Ito.

Among his favorite genre films are Audition, Lake Mungo, Session 9, May, and Martyrs.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on September 27, 2012
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My review headline isn't meant to be a joke. The book title indicates this a book for kids on how to use the iPad. The problem is, it doesn't look like any book I've seen that's intended to be read by kids. True, the text addresses the reader as if they're kids - "Ask your parents . . . " That sort of thing. But the book layout and design is identical to what a book to be read by adults would look like.

As other reviewers have stated, the book seems to be more for adults who have kids. Which makes the text annoying because then all the "Ask your parents . . ." sentences become a waste of space and time.

The publisher needed to cut one way or the other. Either make this book REALLY for kids or make the book for adults on how to set up their iPads for kids. Seems like they cut down the middle and it's a mediocre resource as a result.

Skimming through this I was able to find out a few useful tidbits. Another major problem with this book, however, is that it's actually focused on 4th through 7th graders. That age range doesn't apply to my situation and it won't to many parents. So in the end I didn't really find a lot here to help me get better apps for the kids. If your child is in 3rd grade or below you might have a similar experience.

If your child is in 4th through 7th grades then perhaps check this one out. Be aware, however, that books like this age badly. By mid 2013 this one will need to be updated due to changes in the iOS and all the new titles that undoubtedly will be released. Such is the case with all books like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Haggard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2012
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I had the chance to review this book, and let me tell you it looks great! The book is broken down walking you through every facet of the iPad and it's interface, everything from what the buttons do to each icon on the screen in the various parts of the application. The pages are full color, they pop and make it easy to follow and understand. This book isn't really for kids, it's for adults so you can teach your kid how to use the iPad. My only issue with this book is it clearly states its for iOS 5 for the 3rd generation iPad, just the other day iOS 6 came out which is for the latest devices, including the iPad 3.

While a lot of the stuff between iOS 5 and iOS 6 is the same, there are some noticeable features. This book at the right price is a good deal. But understand when you buy it you are one version behind so some of the items in the book may no longer be accurate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LookinG for Trouble VINE VOICE on June 21, 2013
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The iPad is a wonderful tool for upper elementary students and this book gives many educational uses for the iPad. Unfortunately, the pre-teen group is so supremely happy just to look at videos that this book is probably less useful to them: it spends so much time on steps to naming a document that most pre-teens have long since lost interest.

This is a reference book and it does an elementary age appropriate job of explaining all of the steps to doing things, even answering email, breaking all of the steps down to their smallest part and putting pictures next to the directions (for those of use who can't read directions). I would bet that most 4th graders know these things, certainly higher grades would.

I like that this book breaks down different apps for different grade levels.

I felt like it spent an inordinate amount of time on how to buy things and apps that are for sale rather than the rich world of very cheap and free educational apps. It seemed like My iPad for Kids sends children to many commercial sites to download purchased apps and books, they also mention Gutenberg (last). They do intermingle free and a variety of priced apps. It does seem inappropriate to put prices on them but that should probably be taken with a grain of salt as app prices fluctuate so rapidly.

The most supreme flaw in this book is that it should be an ebook. There are so many links to sites that it becomes ridiculous to type them in and check them.

As an educator, I'm not sure how I feel about the explosion of very small children and even infants becoming hooked to iPads. It really reminds me of a variety of dystopian novels, none of which I will debate here.

For all of these reasons, I found this book deeply flawed.

--Gertrude of the Amazon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason VINE VOICE on February 22, 2013
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After checking out a few reviews, it became quite apparent I'm not the only one left somewhat disappointed by this book.

First and foremost, the book never makes a target audience differentiation. It's written as if a kid is doing the reading, but structured in such a way that only an adult would truly go cover-to-cover. While nearly every page has a vibrant illustration or picture, it's still basically an outline within each chapter of how to do a specific, albeit over-arching, task. Think of the first nine chapters as an adult's guide to the iPad's setup and usage. iPad for Dummies repackaged with a different cover.

After the nearly 200-page intro, the book starts off chapter ten with "Using Your iPad in Fourth Grade." Huh? What about kids younger than that? Maybe the book should have been titled "My iPad for Kids (in Fourth Grade through Seventh Grade)". That would alleviate buyer's remorse for those misled by the book's title like me. I honestly thought the book would have a ton of useful tools, apps, websites, etc. useful for a wide age-range of children. Instead, it's focused on a four-year period. A little narrowly defined in my opinion.

Generally speaking, however, this book has a ton of useful information. For the uninitiated, the first nine chapters thoroughly discuss the iPad's varying uses and features. Maybe a little bland for the target audience, especially considering the advanced manner in which this generation's children access technology. Nonetheless, the details and descriptions are ample. Even a techie like me picked up a few tidbits here and there (mostly about sites/apps, not about usage).

As for the apps listed in the subsequent chapters, I found them to be topical, useful, and interesting. And while the OS will undoubtedly change by the time my daughter makes it to 4th grade, the concepts probably will not. I intend to use this book as a teaching building-block.
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