TouchMyApps » ebooks http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:09:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 [Updated] Grab the Hunger Games Trilogy ($2.70) and other ebooks at 90% off via Kobo coupon code http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/25/grab-the-hunger-games-trilogy-now-for-2-70-90-off-via-kobo-coupon-codes/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/04/25/grab-the-hunger-games-trilogy-now-for-2-70-90-off-via-kobo-coupon-codes/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:35:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=67891 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 … Read more]]>

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:

  • welcome75us = 75% off an ebook
  • welcome10us – $10 off an ebook (that’s 10 dollars, not 10%)
  • welcome5us = $5 off an ebook

Each of the above codes will work once, so you can pick and choose which ebooks you’d like to them them with. Mobile Read Forums member AnemicOak has posted a fairly large list of non-agency publishers, which you can then copy and paste individually into the search field on Kobo website to browse their (“coupon code friendly”) ebooks.

Once purchased, you can read these Adobe DRM EPUB files on Kobo’s eReaders, and of course, Kobo’s own iOS app. If you prefer using iBooks, you can use the excellent (and free) Calibre ebooks management software to first remove the DRM – though for that, you’ll have to search the web for the nitty gritty details.

These coupons are good as of writing (I tested them out myself and they do work), though they can expire anytime and may not work in all locations. Happy reading!

Update: Bad news: It appears that the 4 coupon codes listed above no longer work. Good news: The following codes can be used instead (they’re valid as of April 26th @ 10:30am EST). Definitely not as great as the previous deals, but still not too shabby.

  • thankyou2012 (35% off)
  • c2auto30 (30% off)
  • c2auto35 (35% off)
  • c3auto35 (35% off)
  • c4auto35 (35% off)
  • c4auto40 (40% off)
  • c4auto45 (45% off)
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“Inside Apple” now available on iBookstore and Amazon http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/25/inside-apple-now-available-on-ibookstore-and-amazon/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/25/inside-apple-now-available-on-ibookstore-and-amazon/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:22:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=65726 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, … Read more]]>

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.

iTunes Inside Apple, by Adam Lashinsky – $12.99

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iBooks updates to 1.5, adds night mode, new fonts and more http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/07/ibooks-updates-to-1-5-adds-night-mode-new-fonts-and-more/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/07/ibooks-updates-to-1-5-adds-night-mode-new-fonts-and-more/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:02:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61931 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 … Read more]]>

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.

iBooks Apple, iBooks, – Free

App Description

iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

Features:

• Download many of your favorite books from the included iBookstore.
• Read a free sample of any book on the iBookstore before making it a part of your collection.
• Reorder your books on your bookshelf or browse them in a list sorted by title, author, or category.
• Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
• Easily adjust your screen brightness to find the perfect lighting for any environment.
• Change the font size and pick from six included type faces to make your books more comfortable to read.
• Find a word, character, or phrase anywhere in your book with the built-in search feature.
• Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark syncing feature.
• Quickly find a specific page using the page navigator at the bottom of every page.
• Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
• Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
• Highlight your favorite passages and add notes with the built-in bookmarking features.
• Add books in the industry-standard ePub electronic book format to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
• Add PDF documents to iBooks from Mail, or add them to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
• Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint.
• Use iBooks with the amazing accessibility features in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch – such as speaking the words on a given page.

Requirements:

• iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), or iPod touch (4th generation) is required.
• iPhone or iPod touch must have iOS 4 or later.
• The iBookstore is available in many countries. The selection of books in the iBookstore may vary by country.
• An Apple ID is required to download from the iBookstore.
• Automatic bookmark syncing requires an active Wi-Fi or cellular data connection and an Apple ID.
• iBooks only opens books published in the ePub electronic book format or documents in the PDF format.
• To add ePub books from outside the iBookstore to iBooks, they must be DRM-free and synced using iTunes 9.2 or later.
• Some PDF documents may not be compatible with iBooks.

 

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How to Use Dropbox to store all your ebooks in the cloud http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/05/how-to-use-dropbox-to-store-all-your-ebooks-in-the-cloud/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/05/how-to-use-dropbox-to-store-all-your-ebooks-in-the-cloud/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 17:55:31 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61424 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 … Read more]]>

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.

Many of you have likely heard of Dropbox already, and are perhaps even using it on a day-to-day basis. For those you not familiar, Dropbox is a free web-based service that allows users to store their photos, files and other documents “in the cloud”. They’re then synced across any computer (Mac, Windows, Linux) or Mobile OS (Android, iOS, Blackberry etc) with Dropbox installed and can easily be shared with friends and family. So if you add or edit a file on one computer, all other PCs/Macs/iDevices at your disposal will also have the exact same file uploaded – often seconds later. The idea behind it is very much like Apple’s own iCloud that was introduced with iOS 5, though in many ways, iCloud’s lot more restrictive in the sense that you can’t simply upload/download individual files like you can with Dropbox. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how we can use both Calibre and Dropbox to effectively manage your ebooks, as well as be able to retrieve them no matter where you are.

Note: If you are already using Dropbox, skip down to step 6

1) First thing you’ll need to do is register for a free Dropbox account. Please note this is a referral link, meaning you will receive an additional 250MB of free space on your free account after you’ve successfully installed Dropbox..which brings us to..

2) Download and Install Dropbox on your PC, Mac or Linux

3) One of the initial setup screens will ask if you already have a Dropbox account. New users can create an account by filling out their name, email and password. Existing Dropbox users setting up the install on a new computer can simply link up to their account by providing the email address associated with Dropbox and password.

4) Dropbox is completely Free to use (you get 2GB of storage to start with), though you can upgrade to 50GB for $9.99/month and 100GB for $19.99/month. Unless you’re planning on uploading large files like videos and MP3s, 2GB should be more than sufficient – especially for storing ebooks. You can always upgrade at a later time if you feel you require more space. And keep in mind that as you invite friends and family to use Dropbox, you’ll get an extra 250MB of space for each person refered, up to a total of 8GB.

5) You can then take the brief 5 step tutorial highlighting the basics of Dropbox, as well as choose where the Dropbox folder will be located.

6) Locate the newly installed Dropbox folder on your computer and create a new folder called ‘eBooks’ (or something similar). You can do this by right clicking anywhere within the Dropbox folder and select “New Folder”. Or you can simply hit Cmd+Shift+N on a Mac or Ctrl+Shift+N on Windows.

7) Next, we’ll need to setup Calibre on your PC, Linux or Mac. For those of you not familiar, Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application that allows you to manage your entire eBooks collection (rate, tag, sort, download metadata and covers etc.). It can also accept a wide range of ebook formats for conversion – great for turning those old Lit, Mobi and other ebook files into ePub. Just think of Calibre as the iTunes for eBooks.

8) Download and install Calibre for your Operating System. The setup wizard will initially ask you to choose a location for your books. Change it so that Calibre is pointing to the ebooks folder you’ve just created in Dropbox (see above screenshot). This step here allows Calibre to directly add/edit ebooks stored in your Dropbox account.

9) Assuming you’ll be reading your ebooks on an iPhone/iPad, select Apple –> iPad or iPhone/iPhone/Touch when asked to choose your ebook device. This ensures that any conversions made are tailored to your ereader.

10) With Calibre installed, you can begin adding ebooks into the software by either clicking on the “Add Books” icon located in the top left corner, pressing “A” on the keyboard, or simply dragging and dropping ebook files into the center and main panel. Note that once you add any new books or make any changes via Calibre, your Dropbox account will instantly be updated as well. Basically, if you add an ebook on your iMac/PC via Calibre, all other desktops, laptops and mobile devices with Dropbox installed will also receive the file. How cool (and handy) is that? Also, if you are planning on reading your ebooks on the iDevice, make sure that you convert them into ePub beforehand – apps like iBooks and Stanza (and most others) only accept this format. For converting and adding metadata/covers, refer to steps 4 and 5 in our previous post.

11) Now it’s time to download and install Dropbox on your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad. Using the Dropbox app, we’ll be able to access all your ebooks from the cloud and import them into iBooks and other e-reading apps from the App Store.

12) Upon launching the app, tap on “I’m Already a Dropbox User” and enter your login email and password.

13) Once you link the app to your Dropbox account, all your folders and files will appear on your iDevice. Find the eBooks folder you created earlier on your desktop and select it. Assuming you’ve already added books via Calibre, your eBooks folder within the Dropbox app will have all your books neatly organized by Author.

 14) Locate an ebook (the actual ePub file) and open it. After downloading the book from the cloud, you’ll immediately see a “Unable to view file” screen. This is perfectly normal as Dropbox doesn’t support the viewing of this file format. Simply tap the “action” button on the bottom right of the screen and you’ll see a list of apps installed on your device that you can send the ePub to.

15) Choose an e-reader from the list (i.e. iBooks, Stanza, Kobo or others) and your ebook will be opened within that particular app. You can still send your ePub to the likes of Evernote, GoodReader or other file managers, but you won’t be able to actually read the ebook – they’ll simply save and store it like any other document.

16) One other thing you can do with the Dropbox app is save these ebooks/epubs right on your device, which gives you access to them even if you don’t have an internet connection. This way, you can transfer certain books over to various e-reader apps anytime you want. To do this, simply tap on the Star (center bottom) after you’ve opened a file (if it’s an epub, it’ll be the “Unable to view file screen”. Now whenever you go into the “Favorites” section, all the ebooks/files you’ve starred will be waiting for offline use.

Well there you have it folks. Once you get everything set up and use it a few times, you’ll find that the combination of Dropbox and Calibre will make managing your ebooks a whole lot easier, especially when it comes to transferring them into your iPhone or iPad. Take a look at the video below made by Kovid Goyal – creator of Calibre – as he highlights some of the advanced features and UI tips of the powerful eBook management software.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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iBooks updated to v1.2, now with Collections feature http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/15/ibooks-updated-to-v1-2-now-with-collections-feature/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/15/ibooks-updated-to-v1-2-now-with-collections-feature/#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:04:04 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=44922 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 … Read more]]>

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

iBooks Apple Inc., iBooks, 15.2 MB – Free

App Description

iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

Features:

• Enjoy a complimentary copy of the beautifully illustrated classic, Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne.
• Download many of your favorite books from the included iBookstore.
• Read a free sample of any book on the iBookstore before making it a part of your collection.
• Reorder your books on your bookshelf or browse them in a list sorted by title, author, or category.
• Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
• Easily adjust your screen brightness to find the perfect lighting for any environment.
• Change the font size and pick from six included type faces to make your books more comfortable to read.
• Find a word, character, or phrase anywhere in your book with the built-in search feature.
• Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark syncing feature.
• Quickly find a specific page using the page navigator at the bottom of every page.
• Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
• Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
• Highlight your favorite passages and add notes with the built-in bookmarking features.
• Add books in the industry-standard ePub electronic book format to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
• Add PDF documents to iBooks from Mail, or add them to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
• Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint.
• Use iBooks with the amazing accessibility features in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch – such as speaking the words on a given page.

Requirements:

• iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), or iPod touch (4th generation) is required.
• iPhone or iPod touch must have iOS 4 or later.
• The iBookstore is available in many countries. The selection of books in the iBookstore may vary by country.
• An Apple ID is required to download from the iBookstore.
• Automatic bookmark syncing requires an active Wi-Fi or cellular data connection and an Apple ID.
• iBooks only opens books published in the ePub electronic book format or documents in the PDF format.
• To add ePub books from outside the iBookstore to iBooks, they must be DRM-free and synced using iTunes 9.2 or later.
• Some PDF documents may not be compatible with iBooks.

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Google Launches eBookstore, Google Books app for iPhone now available http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/06/google-launches-ebookstore-google-books-app-for-iphone-now-available/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/06/google-launches-ebookstore-google-books-app-for-iphone-now-available/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 21:07:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=44271 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, … Read more]]>

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 Books Google, Google Books, 1.8 MB – Free


App Description

The Google Books app offers access to over 2 million Google eBooks on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Take your favorite books with you on the go.

Great Reading Experience

- Change font, search within book, information about book
- Night-reading mode
- Offline reading mode

Discover Millions of Titles

- Millions of books in every imaginable category, from New York Times bestsellers to favorite classics
- Over 2 million free ebooks available instantly
- Over 400,000 ebooks for purchase
- Free preview pages
- Unlimited storage of books in the digital cloud
- Worry-free archive

Syncs With Your Google Books Library

- Find books at http://books.google.com/ebooks and add them to the ‘My Google eBooks’ shelf to sync
- Access all your ebooks wirelessly from the digital cloud; no dedicated e-reading device required
- Automatic page position synching across devices — pick up reading where you left off

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Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition Giveaway – Win an iPad and 1 of 10 copies http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/10/29/dracula-the-official-stoker-family-edition-giveaway-win-an-ipad-and-10-copies/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/10/29/dracula-the-official-stoker-family-edition-giveaway-win-an-ipad-and-10-copies/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 20:46:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=41816 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, … Read more]]>

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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.

Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition PadWorx, Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition, 542 MB – $4.99

PadWorx Digital Media iPad and App Giveaway:

All you need to do is visit PadWorx’s Facebook page and and click on the “Like” button near the very top. That’s it! Of course, you’ll need to have a Facebook profile before you can “Like” them (or “Become a Fan” as it was previously known on Facebook).

You must do so before the stroke of midnight on Halloween (11:59 PST Oct 31st) if you want your ballot to count. The winner of the iPad will ship free of charge in North America. If the winner resides elsewhere, he/she will be responsible for the shipping fees. Good luck and happy Halloween!

App Description

Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition puts a new, interactive twist on the classic 1897 novel written by Bram Stoker. Featuring more than 600 illustrations and almost 300 pages of carefully abridged text, this reader-driven experience brings the Dracula story to life in a rich, interactive way. From lighting up the words on a page with a lantern, unsealing the mysteries of letters and journal entries, blowing the leaves off of tombstones to reveal the writing beneath, and even using your own “blood” to reveal hidden text on a page, you are intimately immersed in the storytelling.

As you read you can uncover images, audio and film from the earliest days of the Dracula legacy, some never before released to the public. An original musical score, plus 21 songs from indie rock performers Adaline, Christa Couture, Emily Spiller, Eve and the Ocean, and Phoebe Sharp set the tone in each chapter of the book and enhances the immersive experience. This is the only book of its kind to be officially endorsed by the Stoker Family Estate.

Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition is the first title in a series of new, interactive eBooks created for iPad by PadWorx Digital Media Inc. Built from the ground up on PadWorx’s proprietary game engine, this revolutionary vision of what an eBook reading experience should be creates the definitive user-driven experience through text, animation, gameplay-like elements and touch screen technology.

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iPad Tutorial: How to transfer your ebooks library to Stanza http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/16/ipad-tutorial-how-to-transfer-your-ebooks-library-to-stanza-2/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/16/ipad-tutorial-how-to-transfer-your-ebooks-library-to-stanza-2/#comments Wed, 16 Jun 2010 18:27:21 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34683 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 … Read more]]>

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.

Note: The Calibre portion of this tutorial can also be applied to both the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Calibre Interface

As I mentioned in the previous tutorial, Calibre is a great tool to keep all your ebooks organized, much like iTunes does for your music, movies, tv shows and what not. Aside from being able to convert just about any ebook format to ePub (the standard that’s accepted by Apple), it also allows users to pull various news sources from around the net, automatically download covers and other metadata, sync with other ebook readers on the market and much more. So if you’re a book lover and have yet to check out Calibre, I highly recommend you download and install the software first. It even runs on all major OSes, like Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. And for newcomers, you can refer to our aforementioned tutorial on how to install/use Calibre.

Note: You can also check out our more recent post on how to transfer ebooks to Stanza with the Dropbox app.

1. Assuming you have Calibre already running on your Desktop/Laptop, click on the Preferences icon located on the top toolbar (or Ctrl+P on Windows) and find the Content Server settings section. Here you will need to start the Calibre network server in order to sync your books with Stanza. You may also check off the “Run server automatically on startup” box to have it enabled every time Calibre is booted up. And if you prefer not to share your goodies with anyone else on the local network, be sure to set your username and password.

As a side note, it should be worth noting that if you intend to convert ebooks into the epub format for your iPad using Calibre, ensure you optimize the output settings with the following:

  • Set the Preferred Output Format in calibre to EPUB (this can be set under Preferences –> General)
  • Set the output profile to iPad (this will work for iPhone/iPods as well), under Preferences –> Conversion –> Page Setup

2. With the Content Server enabled, fire up Stanza on your iPad (or iPhone/iPod Touch) and tap on “Get Books”. In the “Shared” section, you should see the server with the name of your computer sharing the ebooks.

3. In the event you don’t see your computer under  the “Shared” tab (which is rare), you can try connecting manually. Tap the ‘+’ on top right corner and enter http://youripaddress:8080 into the URL field. If you’re not sure how to find the IP address of your computer, have a look here: Windows and Mac. Once the required info are entered, tap ‘Save’ and you should now be able to connect to the Calibre server.

4. Once you access your shared library, Stanza allows you to browse through your ebooks by Date, Title, Ratings, Authors and so forth. You can then choose to download all ebooks at the same time (top right button) or download them individually.

5. To find all the ebooks you’ve synced onto Stanza, simply tap on the Library tab (bottom) and you will now see your collection of precious ebooks and other reading material on the iPad.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to use Calibre to manage and sync your ebooks over to Stanza, you can opt for the File Sharing option via iTunes (this method only works of the iPad at the moment). First, plug in the iPad to your computer. Once iTunes recognizes the device, click on it and find the “Apps” tab. Beneath your apps is File Sharing. Find and select Stanza from the list. To begin moving your ebooks into iPad, simply drag and drop your files into the window to the right. You can also use the ‘Add..’ if you wish. Note: you can only upload .pdf or .epub files via this method.

And finally, as part of the recent 3.0 update, users can also import ebooks into Stanza right from an email attachment. Assuming someone has sent you an epub file (or you’ve sent it to yourself to sync at a later time), the import process is very simple and done via the native iPad email app.  Open the email with the epub file, tap on the attachment icon to download the file and tap it once more for the Open in “Stanza” option. This will directly take you to Stanza and the ebook is then automatically saved into your library.

There you have it folks. Transferring your ebooks collection into Stanza is a real breeze, be it via Calibre, iTunes or email app. Personally, I much prefer using Calibre as I’m able to access my entire library via Wi-Fi at home and I don’t need to plug in my iPad just to sync with iTunes. Ultimately though, the choice is yours.

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iPad Tutorial: How to read your old (non-ePub) ebooks using iBooks http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/21/ipad-tutorial-how-to-read-your-old-non-epub-ebooks-using-ibooks/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/21/ipad-tutorial-how-to-read-your-old-non-epub-ebooks-using-ibooks/#comments Wed, 21 Apr 2010 23:15:40 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=31894 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 … Read more]]>

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.

Calibre main interface

First and foremost, your ebook files need to be converted into the ePub format. Granted, there are quite a few ways to do this, but one of the best methods is by using Calibre, a free and open source e-book library management application. Much like iTunes, Calibre enables you to manage your entire eBooks collection (rate, tag, sort, download metadata and covers etc.) and it accepts a wide range of formats for conversion.  Best of all (aside from the fact that it’s free), Calibre runs on Windows, Mac OS X  AND Linux. Now that we’ve introduced the software, let’s get down to business.

1. Download and install Calibre for your Desktop/Laptop.

2. During the Installation process, select Apple –> iPad in the “choose your book reader” window to ensure the output is optimized for your iPad after file conversion.

3. Populate your library with the “Add Books” button located top-left of Calibre. You can import books individually or via an entire directory.

4. If your ebooks are missing any metadata (publisher, tags, summary) or covers, you can have Calibre automatically fill in the info. Highlight the titles and under the “Edit Meta Information” menu (or simply right click to bring up) and select the “Download Metadata and Covers” option.

5. Once you’re happy with sorting and organizing your ebooks, it’s time to convert them into the ePub format. You can do so individually or in bulk, both of which are done through the “Convert Ebooks” button. In the conversion window (above),  the only thing that really needs to be done is to make sure that the Output option (top right of screen) has “EPUB” selected.  I’ve kept all the other settings untouched and haven’t had any issues with the files. If you’re of the adventurous type, you can check out the user manual for more info and perform desired tweaks.

6. Next, we have to transfer your newly minted epub books into iTunes. Locate your .epub files and drag them into the Library section of iTunes (see above). If you didn’t have any ebooks in iTunes to begin with, a new Books folder will be created for you. Note: Please ensure that you drag your epub files into the Library section and not directly into your iPad (under Devices). Doing so will cause iTunes to throw an error message and crash.

Update: With the more recent version of iOS (tested on iOS 5.0.1 and iTunes 10.5.1, you can directly drop epubs into your iPhone/iPad (Devices), just like you can with music and other supported media files.

You can also refer to our more recent post on how to transfer ebooks to your iDevice with the Dropbox app.

7. All that’s left to do is sync your books onto your iPad. This process isn’t any different than syncing music, apps, movies etc.

8. Open iBooks and enjoy your old new library!

While we’re at it, it’s worth noting that Calibre can also download news from the net and convert them into ebook form. Some of the supported news sites include:

  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Economist
  • Time
  • Wired Magazine
  • Newsweek
  • ESPN

Once downloaded, these “ebooks” actually include the full articles, and not just the summaries you find on some rss feeds. What this means is that you’ll now be able to read full blown versions of your favorite news sites (if supported) right from the confines of iBooks and without the need for internet connection. Needless to say, this will be great for times when you’re traveling and out of Wi-Fi range.

The video below by Kovid Goyal, creator of Calibre, will give you a run down of some of the features of this versatile and powerful eBook management software.

Happy reading!

Also check out our tutorial on how to transfer ebooks to Stanza on the iPad here.

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Goodreads in Review – Be A Bookworm, Any Time, Any Place! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/16/goodreads-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/16/goodreads-in-review/#comments Tue, 16 Mar 2010 23:07:20 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29614 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, … Read more]]>

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.

The Goodreads App basically allows you to administer your account on the go. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, the only features you’ll be able to use in the App are searching for book reviews and browsing popular titles. So, if you do have an account it’s well worth signing in so you have full functionality. If you don’t have an account but you’re a keen reader – I’d recommend signing up.

The great thing about this App is its portability. How many times have you stood in a bookstore, seen a book you’d like to read, then got home and forgotten all about it? Not any more! You can add the book to your to-read list so you can come back and grab it at a later date. If you’re anything like me, you might also use it to find out if you’ve already read a certain book!

Alternatively, you could be in the book shop umm-ing and ahh-ing about whether to part with your hard-earned cash on a certain book. The marketing blurb may have convinced you, but you want to hear it from the consumers! No problem; just open the Goodreads App, search for reviews and get other people’s thoughts before whipping out your wallet or purse. You could save yourself a considerable amount of money on rubbish reads!

Other features in the App include the ability, like many other social networks, to update your status. It’s completely up to you whether this is book related or not, but I guess it’s what your friends will be expecting. You can also post your own book reviews from your iDevice, ideal if you’re away from your computer but want to post your review whilst the book is fresh in your mind. You can also check out your friends and see what statuses, reviews and recommendations they’re posting; not to mention having a browse of their virtual bookshelves.

If you’re looking to pass some time, or want to look for something new, but you’re not sure what, then the Explore function is for you. Check out Listopia lists, which range from The Book Was Better Than The Movie to Great Vampire Books That Aren’t Twilight. You can also browse books by Genre, and Popular Books.

The Events Near Me function didn’t work – but I’m not sure if this is because I’m in the UK. I used the in-built GPS function to find my location, but given the nearest event was in Southlake, TX, I think something went wrong!

The layout of the App is nothing flashy, but then it doesn’t need to be. It’s functional and easy to use – in my opinion, there’s nothing more you could really want.

In a nutshell, the Goodreads App allows you to keep your friends updated on what you’re reading and how far you’ve progressed, and they can do the same to you. Find new books, rate old ones and check out what’s hot right now!

Goodreads is free, and more functionality has been promised in later releases, so really you’ve got nothing to lose! And if you’re on there, feel free to search for me!

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App Summary
Title: Goodreads Developer: Goodreads
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: Free App Size: 1.2 MB
  • Free
  • Huge membership, so it’s easier to hook up with people
  • Easy to use
  • Not a flashy interface – but it doesn’t need to be
  • Useful App to have when out and about
  • Events Near Me function didn’t work, I suspect because I’m in the UK

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