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Take Your iPad to Work 1st Edition
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Well this book is a great book... for beginner ipad owners that have no idea what to do with the iPad. The book is approx 350 pages long and the author spends the first 96 pages telling you first what an ipad is (2 pages) to what the buttons are on the ipad and how it works.... This has nothing to do with using the iPad at work, this has to do with remedial iPad use. This is beginner stuff. I would imagine you wouldn't attempt to use an iPad at work without some basic understanding of it.
This book spent 1/3 of it's length with remedial information, for any current iPad user you can fly by pages 1-100 and start out on chapter 7 which is where the business apps really start coming into play where the author writes about iWork. But then a few chapters later they talk about setting up a twitter page and facebook pages... ??? More content not relevant in my opinion to using your iPad at work.
I don't get it. This is a fantastic book for the beginner to iPads, NOT someone who has been using one and is looking for tips on "taking your iPad to work." If this book was "you just got an iPad FROM work and you have no idea how to use it" then sure cover the basics, but this is TAKING YOUR IPAD TO WORK. In other words you own it, you play with it, you know the basics. Show me the good stuff, give me tips, techniques to use it in meetings, ways to be more productive.Read more ›
First he tells you how to use your iPad. This is important if you're a novice and some people in the business world (and education world) are. How to turn it on, off, search, use apps, etc... The problem lies in the fact that he is using the iOS that came out before 4.2. Granted, viners get copies, supposedly, before public release. I hope he updates the book before it hits shelves as there are MANY changes with 4.2. I couldn't find where he has a site for updates-an important concept when dealing with idevices.
Next he walks you through various apps and how to use them. Pages, Keynote, etc... Some are free, some are moderately priced and some are downright expensive. However, you don't really know this information unless you look it up. There are tons of apps out there that do the same thing. I've researched. He doesn't give lists which is what I feel he should do. Then he could say which one(s) he likes the best. This would make the book much better.
Finally, and this is just a quirk with me, it's in black and white. I like color books. It's a $24.99 book that's in black and white. Add some color and increase the cost by about $5.
Good but not great. The title will catch the eyes of business people but there are sites out there to find the right apps and better books to learn the how to's.
I'm very critical on the usefulness of reference books, especially when it comes to the index. A poorly done index makes the rest of the book unusable unless you choose to read it cover to cover as you would a novel. I looked up "keyboard" in the index to see if there were recommendations for external keyboards. The index referred to page 9 for bluetooth keyboards. I read all 9 and found no such reference... then found mention of the concept on page 8, but without specific brand recommendations. An unreliable index makes for a frustrating manual. Period. Thankfully, I had already found a decent wireless keyboard for my iPad that uses bluetooth and is full-size with 10-key as well, but it would have been nice if there had been a section on this. I don't care how efficient you are with an iPad, without tactile feedback as you'd have on a keyboard, you cannot type as fast, since you must look at what you're typing. The book goes over how to use specific programs, it would have been nice if it went over specific hardware as well.
I found the sparse mention of cases to be lacking as well. The book goes over using the iPad as a POS (Point of Sales device). The iPad is not something that can comfortably held in one hand indefinitely. A case with a strap handle to make it easier to manage and swipe credit cards would be nice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book provides a perfectly fine old-fashioned introduction to the iPad. But perfectly fine five years ago may no longer cut it: The book form is just too clunky to translate... Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by Fine Craft Fan
This is a very good book when it comes to introducing the iPad to people who have never used one before, especially. Read morePublished on October 9, 2011 by Richard Wagoner
First off, "Take Your iPad to Work" suffers from the same affliction as many other supposedly focused computer and tech books... Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Wildness
This book is packed full of useful information for making the iPad a much more useful item than just playing games. Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by J. Miller
We've had our iPad since week one so a lot of the info here was of limited use. If you're new to the iPad and want an actual hard copy book to help you out this is probably a good... Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by J. Flood
This is a simple book that starts by detailing how to use an iPad for anyone, then delves into several apps that you can buy to help with business-related chores (word processing,... Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by D. Solberg
I am an early-adopter and have had my iPad from the start. While I do use it for some work purposes, I tend to agree with the general consensus that it excels more at consuming... Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by P. Lio
It's somewhat ironic that in this day of iPads, tablets, apps, ebooks that books are still printed on things like this, because they really become outdated immediately due to the... Read morePublished on January 26, 2011 by N. Berry
Take Your iPad to Work is really an introductory manual to using an iPad for any reason. It's very basic and covers everything from setting one up to getting the most out of it in... Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by Wende Mate