Testing New Tools for Doing Good Work

The MacSparky Paperless Field Guide

In iBooks Author, iPad, Strategy, Teaching on 05/11/2012 at 3:39 pm

David Sparks is an attorney and a leading Mac podcaster, co-hosting the Mac Power Users podcast with Katie Floyd on the 5by5 network. (Yes, that’s a lot of nerdy name-dropping, which is sort of the point of blogs. Work with me.)

David is a good explainer of how to do things with technology. He published two books last year, Mac at Work and iPad at Work. I have Mac at Work and it’s a great resource.

Paperless is unique though, and earns this ALT Blog pointer, because it’s sold only through iTunes and is readable only on the iPad. He produced it with Apple’s iBooks Author. Here’s his own description:

The book is a deep dive on paperless workflows for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. It takes full advantage of iBooks Author and includes picture galleries, interactive images, movies, 32 screencasts, and nearly 27,000 words. There is over an hour and a half of video. Not only does this book tell you how to go paperless, it also shows you.

And here’s an excerpt from one of the reviews on the iTunes store:

[T]he book is beautiful. I think it serves as a model of how ebooks should evolve over the next couple of years. And I say this even though I am very much a bibliophile. The integration of text and screencasts and graphics of various kinds is very effective.

I post this link, even though I haven’t even bought it yet, because I believe he’s earned his reputation as a knowledgeable and trustworthy tech coach, and because I want to see what someone like that can do with iBooks Author, and I thought you’d want to see it as well.

I’m buying my copy this weekend, and I hope to post a review soon.

MacSparky – Blog – My New Book: The MacSparky Paperless Field Guide.


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