Best iPad Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449392475
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/17/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,460,223
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preface;
About the Author;
Chapter 1: At Work;
1.1 Getting Stuff Done;
1.2 Juggling Documents;
1.3 Makin’ Work Fun;
1.4 Advanced Geekery;
1.5 Surfing the Web;
Chapter 2: At Leisure;
2.1 Books and Literature;
2.2 News and Media;
2.3 Radio Redux;
2.4 Tasty Tunes;
2.5 Watching the Tube & the Big Screen;
2.6 Social Networking;
Chapter 3: Creative Corner;
3.1 Rockin’ Out;
3.2 Photos and Movies;
3.3 Drawing and Design;
3.4 For the Heck of It;
Chapter 4: At Play;
4.1 Arcade Games;
4.2 Puzzles;
4.3 Racing;
4.4 Combat;
4.5 Taking a Flight;
4.6 Weird and Wacky;
Chapter 5: At Home;
5.1 Shopping;
5.2 Distracting (and Educating) the Kids;
5.3 Lifelong Learning;
5.4 Playing House;
5.5 Cooking;
Chapter 6: Out and About;
6.1 Wining and Dining;
6.2 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles;
6.3 Travel Guides;
6.4 Real Estate;
6.5 Exploring the World;
Chapter 7: For Your Health;
7.1 Health Reference;
7.2 General Fitness;
7.3 Parents & Kids;
7.4 Sports & Recreation;
7.5 The Great Outdoors;
7.6 Getting Zen;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2011

    Wow

    It is a book.....

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2010

    Good for non-techies who hate digging through the apps store

    When I first started looking through this book I was rather cynical but by the end found it to be useful. I consider myself a pretty tech-friendly, cosmopolitan iPad user and I found a lot of apps to try out that I'd never heard of before.

    I'm especially sure that someone like my mom, who isn't an iPad or tech junkie, would benefit from this book substantially. I bought her an iPad for her birthday last summer and while she enjoys the device, she hasn't embraced digging through the app store to find new apps.

    In the book, each two-page summary features a brief review of the app, info about the version reviewed, price, and a full-color screen shot or two. The reviews are light and talk a lot about simple functionality, the user experience and things to look out for (like those in the "Chubby Fingers club," which Myers refers to regularly) -- this is not the book for you if you want hardcore tech specs and code info. In each category the best apps are presented along with a couple honorable mentions.

    The book is broken down into topic areas: At Home, At Work, At Leisure, At Play, Creative Corner, Out and About and Health with specific categories of app picks ranging from "Best App for Reading Shakespeare" to "Best App for Tracking Baby's Stats." So it does get pretty granular with the categories and the variety is good in the 230 pages of this book.

    The biggest challenge I think for this book is going to be keeping up to date with the rapidly iterating iPad development world. Apps are regularly updated with new features and fixes, so the shelf-life of this book is probably going to be relatively limited as that evolution takes place much quicker in the digital world, than in the analog print book publishing world. And that's where we have another interesting paradox with this analog solution to the iPad app store's digital problem.

    But for the time being, this is a valuable, colorful and easy to read resource for finding new app experiences, especially for those non-tech savvy iPad users.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2010

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    Save yourself some time and read this book!!

    I just finished going through this book for Best iPad Apps. What a great way to save a lot of time searching through the app store. Fantastic ideas that I would have never thought of and the best thing is I already have about half of the apps mentioned in this great catalog of apps. This is a must see/buy for the astute iPad user.

    Karen
    lilk13

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Recommend if you are newbie

    Thought this was going to be more than. It was. Good if you know nothing at all about what apps to use. If slightly familiar with apps, don't bother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Really

    Is this really just a book or can you serioudly buy apps off of it?????,?

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