When I first got this book, Best iPad Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders by Peter Meyers (O’Reilly published), I was sure that so many things had changed and applications created, there was not much I would get from this book with over 200 pages. I was wrong, plain and simple. Amazon has this book on sale right now for $13.29 or in the iBooks store for $9.99.
The book itself is broken into sections, with colored page edges for quick sorting of each main category:
- At Work
- At Leisure
- Creative Corner
- At Play
- At Home
- Out and About
- For Your Health
Each main section then had subsections with the best of application for each category well defined. The logo, description, reasoning, costs and image were included. Some of subsections even had honorable mentions when the competition was close.
By just over 50 pages in I had numerous apps downloading already from the iTunes store. It became clear that with the sheer number of applications in the store, you cannot find them all. Reviews are always all over the place, with a few complaints able to simply change your mind.
So why would you choose this book over the numerous web articles always showing the Top 10 iPad Apps? I wondered that as well. Now I get it. The book goes category by category. Web listings seem to have the same ones over and over. You never get a good feel for what is out there and how deep the catalog is in capabilities.
Much like we do with all of the social media screencasts here and Twitter application reviews on EverythingTwitter, the author of the book claims to have personally tested thousands of applications to make this catalog.
The book was done in extremely high quality coloring and screenshots. The layout is landscape mode, making it easy to hold pages open as you read and search on your iPad.
A couple notes I wanted to make. Sure, there is so many games for the ipad. But there is also great busienss value and I was shocked to see the awesome amount of content in health and wellness I would have never even thought about. Some of the HD content is amazing to have right in your hand. Also, the index in the back matches the table of contents, so nothing was gained there.
Overall, an excellent book for those looking to find applications already tested and ready to go. The price at the time of writing is shown, but check for yourself before saying it it too much as I found a few on sale or discounted now.
I recommend Best iPad Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders by Peter Meyers.
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