Dec 24

Since April when I received my iPad, I have not purchased a single magazine or book in dead tree form. This was not a conscious decision or strategy, but merely a consequence of the convenience of iBooks and Zinio Magazine Reader.

Two eBooks that I recently read and enjoyed very much are Daemon and Freedom (TM) by Daniel Suarez. The story is about an MMOG that takes over the world. It’s extremely well written and the author is a programmer, so the technical details are believable.

Be sure to get both books. The first one — Daemon — ends without a satisfying conclusion, and Freedom will not make much sense without first reading the Daemon.

Since the iBookstore is not visible in iTunes and there’s no gifting option in iBooks, one way to give these books as a gift is to purchase a regular iTunes Gift Card or Gift Certificate. You may also find specific iBooks gift cards in some stores.

The iBookstore lives a somewhat schizophrenic life. You can’t search or browse books on the web or in iTunes, like you can with apps and music. But yet it is part of the iTunes payment infrastructure. The only way I’ve found to create links to specific books, like the ones above, is to use the Tell a Friend feature in iBooks.

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One Response to “Last Minute Gifts”

  1. Ricardo de Cillo Says:

    I had been thinking about the green question that iPad and
    the spread of eBooks raised. I’m not an expert in paper production
    neather in eletronics (more especific iPad) manufacturing process,
    but I would like to understand the ecological damage caused by the
    production of a ton of paper and the damage of the production of an
    iPad. I think that maybe, the production of an iPad costs more in
    term of ecological damage than reading print publication in the
    entire life. Considering that in some 2 or 3 years, people are
    gonna buy a new version of iPad, the green advantage should be
    understood before even spoken.

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