The House That Went On Strike Original Story For The iPad
App Developer: Jumping Pages, Inc
Version Reviewed: 1.0
License: US$2.99

Is your house frustrated?

Are you and your family messy, lazy, and generally disrespectful to your home?

What happens, and what would you do, if your house went on strike and turned on you?

Jumping Pages, developers of interactive books for the iPad, has delivered a spectacular book that deals with these very issues.

The story is delivered in a visually stunning presentation with a rhythmic feel. It is witty and unique in its tale of a house gone mad, thanks to the family living within. 

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Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
Company: TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Price: $10.00 USD

Reading email is something everyone does with their iPad. The Mail app is arguably one of the most used apps on any iOS device. Most of the time, reading mail is a painless exercise. There are times when it can be downright aggravating too. TidBITS Publishing’s Take Control Series of eBooks has the answer to just about any question you may have about iOS Mail in Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, by Joe Kissell.

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Apple Training Series: iMovie ’11
Ebook Review

On May 10, 2012, in iDVD, iMovie, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Apple Training Series: iMovie ’11
Author: Dion Scoppettuolo
Company: Peachpit
Price: $9.59 Ebook
250 pages
ISBN: 978-0-13-269759-0

If you’re like me, your knowledge of any version of iMovie is just enough to make a decent little movie. No frills or sophisticated editing, just a bit of “splicing and dicing” to create a finished product. I’ve always wanted to learn more about iMovie and how I can make my movies more interesting to watch. To that end, I read Apple Training Series: iMovie ’11 by Dion Scoppettuolo. You should, too.

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Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
Book Review

On April 4, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
Author: Peter Meyers
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: $19.99 US print, $15.99 Ebook, $21.99 print and Ebook, $20.99 print CAN
ISBN: 978-1-449-31627-3
263 pages

The days of receiving a manual with a product are over. Some companies supply help by way of a PDF downloaded with an application. Others include a short Get Started guide that gives just the basics of the hardware. Amazon is no different with their Kindle devices, which is why Peter Meyers wrote Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual.

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Gems and Jewels Is A Real Dazzler

On February 15, 2012, in Apple, Apps, iPad, iPad 2, Review, by Mike Breed

Gems and Jewels eBook
Company: Touch Press

Price: $13.99 USD

If you’re a fan of Touch Press’s initial eBook offerings in the iTunes App Store, The Elements  and The Solar System, then you’ll appreciate their next contribution to the App Store, Gems and Jewels. As we saw with Touch Press’s first two eBooks, Gems and Jewels provides a sensory-loaded and informative experience in the world of gemstones, jewelry, and minerals.

Gems and Jewels is an interactive eBook that explores the impressive collection housed in the Grainger Hall of Gems in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. If you’re interested in mineralogy or jewelry, you won’t be disappointed.

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Visual QuickStart Guide: iCloud
Author: Tom Negrino
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Price: US $24.99
195 pages
ISBN-10: 0-321-81410-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-81410-4


When Lion and iOS 5 were released, I timidly stepped into the Apple iCloud experience and began using some of its offerings. Although I still do not use all of the iCloud features, what I have chosen to enable has been through my own trial and error approach. For those of you that have not yet ventured into the iCloud, the iCloud: Visual QuickStart Guide will definitely allow this to happen with ease.

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The Twitter Book, Second Edition
Book Review

On February 7, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Twitter Book, Second Edition
Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein

Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-0-596-80281-3 | ISBN 10: 0-596-80281-1
EBook ISBN: 978-0-596-80410-7 | ISBN 10: 0-596-80410-5
Price: eBook: US$15.99 | Print: US$19.99

How complex could Twitter be? After all the service condenses messages into 140 characters!

Twitter is one social network service that you shouldn’t judge solely by its outwards appearance. It is incredibly versatile.

The Twitter Book, Second Edition will take you deeper into the inner workings of Twitter than you ever thought was possible.

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Book Creator for iPad App

On October 20, 2011, in Apps, Book Review, iPad, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Book Creator for iPad
Price: $6.99
Red Jumper
iTunes Link


About ten years ago I started illustrating a series of children’s books by Mark Creech, a husband of a coworker. We shopped them around to publishers, created PDF ebooks, and made them available for purchase at When the iBookstore came out I made it a goal to get these books converted for the store. However, this proved to be easier said than done. The books are heavy on layout with text intertwined in images and converting that to an ePub format was not an easy task. I tried  converting them in Pages, but that was not easy and I could not get the formatting correct. Not to mention the first attempt was rejected by Apple early this year. Ever since that first attempt I have been exploring other options, but had not found a solution until now. Enter Book Creator for iPad.

Book Creator for iPad is an app for your iPad that helps you create an ePub formatted book which can then be read in iBooks and (if accepted) sold in the iBookstore. When I found out about Book Creator I had to try it, and the developer provided me with the app. I was definitely hesitant. After all, this sounded too good (and too easy) to be true. At $6.99 would this app really do what it claims?

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Publisher: No Starch Press
Series: The Manga Guides
Price: Paperback from $19.95, e-books from $15.95

When I’m not working as a writer, I teach high school biology and physics. Putting together a reading list for young scientists is easy enough for biology thanks to the wide variety of books written about natural history and human biology. But when it comes to physics, outside of astronomy there really isn’t a huge amount to choose from. Relatively few authors have put together accessible books on things like Newtonian mechanics or basic electrical engineering, perhaps because these subjects aren’t particularly photogenic. It’s easy enough to illustrate a book about the stars and planets, but how would you illustrate a book about Newton’s laws of motion?

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Book Review: Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard (Ebook version)
By Joe Kissell

Take Control Ebooks
$15.00 US

Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard

Apple Mail is a free product that comes with every Mac and OS X operating system disc. This is both a strength and a weakness. Apple Mail is a fairly simple email client, which means that it is easy to use in most respects. On the other hand, it has some idiosyncrasies that can make it feel limiting and frustrating at times. The ebook Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard by Take Control Ebooks from Tidbits Publishing, Inc., by author Joe Kissell, can help make using Apple Mail both easy and productive.

Take Control of Apple Mail in Snow Leopard is 133 pages, and covers every conceivable aspect of Apple’s Mail application. The book walks you through setting up accounts, reading and searching messages, address and contact handling, sending email, encryption and signed email options, managing mailboxes, synchronizing mail across multiple devices, and many more Mail related topics.

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Review – Belkin ebook Light

On June 23, 2010, in Review, Video, by Elisa Pacelli

Another eBook light has entered the market. Is it worth your money? rating: 9 out of 10

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Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard Ebook
Company: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.

Price: $15.00”>

Also available from this publisher:
“Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard” Ebook
Company: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00

The Take Control series of ebooks by TidBITS Publishing Inc. has always provided inexpensive books about Macintosh specific topics that are timely, comprehensive, and easy to understand. With the advent of Snow Leopard, Apple’s most recent version of its OS X operating system, TidBITS has added several Snow Leopard related titles to their lineup. Having just upgraded both of my own personal Macs to Snow Leopard, I was interested in seeing what I could learn from their title Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard by Matt Neuburg.

Please note that while I also reference Take Control of Upgrading to Snow Leopard, also by TidBITS Publishing, this review is for Take Control of Exploring and Customizing Snow Leopard. only. However, both books are currently available, and purchasing both together might be a desirable option for someone planning on upgrading their Macs from Leopard to Snow Leopard.

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Kindle Wireless Reading Device – Review

On February 29, 2008, in Review, by Roger Born

Kindle Wireless Reading Device
Company: Amazon

Price: $399.00


No, I wasn’t looking for one of these. Ebook (eBook? ebook?) readers have always been seriously lacking in both design and function, as well as services. Kindle seems to be different, however. Perhaps you should take a look too, because Steve Jobs may have been mistaken when he said that nobody reads anymore.

If you are looking for an iPhone or a media player, this is not the thing for you. You will be disappointed with Kindle if that is what you are expecting.

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