Since our iPads arrived in April, they've consumed nearly every waking moment, but we haven't been lolling around reading ebooks, streaming Netflix, and eating bonbons. Instead, we've been working feverishly to bring you not one, not two, not three, but four new ebooks about the iPad. The first one - Tonya's "Take Control of iPad Basics" - is totally free, and the other three pick up where it leaves off, helping you use your iPad as a media machine (Jeff Carlson's "Take Control of Media on Your iPad"), do all sorts of productive work (Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Working with Your iPad"), and go under the hood with networking and security details (Glenn Fleishman's "Take Control of iPad Networking & Security").
You can buy any of the ebooks individually, or buy them together in a discounted bundle. Here's what the new ebooks are about:
In a blog post, technology consultant Tony Lawrence wrote, "I strongly recommend 'Take Control of iPad Basics' for all new and prospective iPad owners. I've been using my iPad night and day for weeks and I still learned things!"
We're serious about wanting to make this free book available to any and all new iPad users, so please feel free to download a copy from our site and then redistribute it to friends, colleagues, clients, user group members, and anyone else you like. If we can help in that process, just ask.
If you're interested in more than one of these ebooks, we have several ways you can buy them in discounted bundles. First, the includes the four new iPad ebooks plus Joe's recently released "Take Control of Mail on Your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch" for a total of over 500 pages of real-world iPad advice. Normally these books would cost $45, but you'll save $15 by buying the bundle for only $30.
And, if you already own "Take Control of Mail on Your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch," you can click through to any of the book pages linked above and use the Bundle Discount checkboxes in the left margin to save 30 percent on any three ebooks (one of which can be the free "iPad Basics" ebook). Be sure to scroll down to click the Buy Selected Ebooks button.
Even more so than with Mac-related topics, we anticipate the iPad world changing, so be sure to click the Check for Updates button on the covers of these ebooks to read blog posts about new information and download any free updates we may release.
Finally, we're getting a lot of questions about EPUBs and the iBookstore, and we've tried to answer them all in. In short, EPUB versions will be coming shortly, and we'll notify all readers when they're available. And although we've signed up to sell our titles in the iBookstore, technical problems are currently preventing us from uploading - we're working with Apple on a solution.