If you’re a bit of a bookworm, you definitely need to take advantage of this amazing deal from Kobo Books. By using the coupon code “welcome90us” (simply switch out the ‘us’ depending on your location, like ‘ca’, ‘au’, uk’) on check out, you’ll get 90% off the website price. So the Hunger Games Trilogy for instance, selling for $26.98, will be reduced to $2.70 before taxes! The caveat is that it’ll only work once per account AND on non-agency books. While there’s no section specifically for non-agency books on the kobo website, they can typically be spotted by ebooks prices that end in something other than ‘.99′ (i.e $26.98 or $9.87) or if the ebook shows 2 prices (i.e ‘List Price’ and ‘Our ‘Price’). Other coupon codes that currently work include:
Adam Lashinsky’s Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–and Secretive–Company Really Works is now available as a hardcover or ebook download. Inside Apple brings readers behind the scenes of the world’s most valuable tech company and reveals business “secrets” that have allowed Jobs to stay one step ahead of the competition.
INSIDE APPLE reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products.
If Apple is Silicon Valley’s answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the “DRI” (Apple’s practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).
Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era.
If you enjoyed Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, and wish to learn more about Apple’s corporate culture, Inside Apple should be on your reading wishlist. You can pick up the ebook for iDevices via iBookstore or Kindle ereaders via Amazon, both of which sell for $12.99.
Inside Apple, by Adam Lashinsky – $12.99
Apple’s iBooks app has just been updated to version 1.5 and one of the most requested features is finally here – night reading mode. With it, bookworms can now comfortably use iBooks in the dark thanks to the black background and white text. Here’s the complete list of what’s new:
- Nighttime reading theme makes reading books in the dark easier on the eyes.
- Full-screen layout lets you focus on the words without distraction.
- iBooks now features an improved selection of fonts, including Athelas, Charter, Iowan, and Seravek.
- Beautiful new classic covers for public domain books.
- A redesigned annotation palette makes it easier to choose a color for your highlighted text.
If iBooks is your go-to e-reader on the iDevice, be sure to grab this free update and check out the new goodies. And if you missed it earlier, see how you can use Dropbox to store and transfer your ebooks to apps like iBooks and Stanza in our recent tutorial.
Apple, iBooks, – Free
Previously, we looked at how to read your old ebooks (i.e. LIT, MOBI, PDB, RTF) on iBooks, Apple’s e-reader app. It involved converting them into ePubs, the only ebook format supported by iBooks, and uploading them via iTunes. Well we’re going to show you today a far superior method — one utilizing Calibre and Dropbox — for storing your ebook collection and transferring books to your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad even if you’re far away from home, without access to your home computer.
iBooks, one of the apps I use most of on my iPhone and iPad (it used to be Stanza for my reading needs, but I couldn’t live without iBooks’ ability to sync bookmarks and current page between devices), has just been updated and it now supports a new feature called Collections. Basically, this allows users to create shelves (think folders) and organize their eBooks however they like, be it by author, genre or favorites. This can also be applied for any PDFs you have have uploaded. Here’s what else is new in 1.2:
- Experience fully illustrated books, from children’s picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
- Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
- Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint.
- iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.
For those with a sizable number of eBooks on their iDevice, being able to finally organize them into categories is a much welcomed addition. The app is of course free, so if you do use iBooks, be sure to grab the latest update via the iTunes link below.
Related Reading: iPad Tutorial: How to read your old (non-ePub) ebooks using iBooks
Apple Inc., iBooks, 15.2 MB – Free
Google’s long-awaited eBookstore is now live in the US and this billion dollar industry has just got a little more crowded. With 3 million titles available from Google’s online store, users can now download from an enormous library of ebooks to their Google account, which can then be synced and read on any web browser, mobile devices and eBook readers, including the Nook and Sony Reader. To make the experience more seamless on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, the Google Books app is also now available on the App Store.
While the Google Books app isn’t as fully featured as eReaders like Stanza, it still has some basic options for font, search and night-reading mode. Best of all though is the automatic page position syncing function across all devices, meaning that no matter whether you’re reading your ebook via a laptop or iDevice, you won’t have to worry about finding the last page where you left off. Sadly, the Google’s eBookstore is only available in the US, so international users will have to wait a bit before the promising service is introduced elsewhere. Check out the video demo and more info after the break.
Google, Google Books, 1.8 MB – Free
Released just a little over a week ago, Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition app was not only well received by iPad users, but it was also chosen as iTunes’ “App of the Week” upon launch. For those of you who are not familiar with developer PadWorx Digital Media’s first foray into the App Store, Dracula for the iPad puts a new spin on the classic novel by Bram Stoker. The interactive app is likely one of the most unique ebooks you’ll come across on your iPad. Users can drag a lantern around the screen to read certain journal entries and “blow” leaves off the tombstones to reveal writing beneath, among other neat interactions.
And now with Halloween just around the corner, PadWorx is also running a contest, where an iPad and 10 copies of Dracula are up for grabs. You don’t even have to purchase the app to enter! Check out the simple instructions for your chance to win after the gap.
PadWorx, Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition, 542 MB – $4.99
A little while back, we did a tutorial on how to read your old (non-epub) ebooks using iBooks. It featured Calibre, a powerful (and free) software that can easily manage and convert all your ebooks to the epub format. At the time of writing, Stanza, my preferred ebook app, had yet to receive a dedicated iPad version and thus, iBooks was essentially the only e-reader on the device. Well now that Stanza has received a recent update to make it a universal app (along with some other new and much welcomed features), we’ll be taking a look at how to transfer your existing ebooks collection onto the popular e-reader app on your iPad.
Update: Our latest tutorial on how to use Dropbox and Calibre to store and remotely transfer ebooks to your iDevices is now up. You can check it out here.
Early adopters of the iPad already know that the device is not only great for surfing the web, playing “HD” games or watching movies on the gorgeous 9.7-inch IPS screen, but also for reading ebooks. Apple’s own e-reader app, iBooks, has been well received and its overall design makes it easy and enjoyable to read books on the iPad. It even allows you to upload non-iBookstore and DRM-free ePub documents/ebooks onto the app via iTunes. Unfortunately, iBooks only accepts the “industry standard” ePub format, meaning those with a collection of ebooks in various formats (LIT, MOBI, PDB, HTML, RTF etc) are out of luck.
While Stanza (my personal favorite) and other e-reader apps on the iPhone/iPod Touch do accept other ebook formats, there are currently none with dedicated iPad versions (meaning you won’t be able to enjoy them in full screen mode without the text becoming pixelated). As such, we’ll be taking a look at how to convert and transfer your existing non-epub ebooks/documents onto the free and very likeable iBooks app.
For book lovers reading this, chances are you already know what Goodreads is. If not, it’s basically a social network for readers. According to their website, it’s the largest of its kind in the world, with in excess of 3 million members.
The website allows you to become friends with people, recommend books, get recommendations, see reviews and scores and add books to your ‘shelves.’ Your virtual shelves are read, currently reading and to-read. It’s free to join, and the iPhone/iPod Touch App is also free to download and use. Feel free to discuss this review of Goodreads in our forums.