Our own Jeff Carlson scored the impossible: his 48-page introduction to the latest Apple iOS device, "Meet the iPad 2" ($1.99), is available instantly on the iBookstore. It's an introduction to the device, and a long excerpt from his upcoming Pocket Guide to iPad 2. (The link to the book takes you to the iBookstore if you're viewing on an iOS device; on a computer, you'll get an error when the Web browser passes the link along to iTunes. But you can search within the iBookstore for "Meet the iPad 2" to locate the title, and then purchase the book or download a sample.) follow link
Go Back and Forth Fast in Preview
If you're reading a PDF in Apple's Preview software, and you follow a bookmark or an internal link to move around within the PDF, you can quickly return to where you were by pressing the keyboard shortcut Command-[ (that's Command-Left Bracket). Or, you can choose Go > Back.
The command works iteratively, so you can go back to just the previously viewed page or if you issue the command again, to the page before that, and so on. There's also an equivalent Go > Forward (Command-]).
- ExtraBITS for 14 March 2011 (14 Mar 11)
Meet the iPad 2 Book by Jeff Carlson Available
When I clicked the link on this page it went to the correct page on the Apple site, but when iTunes opens it cannot find the book.
"The item you requested is not currently available in the US store"
Right: the link only works for iTunes when you're using an iOS device. You can't buy iBookstore items in iTunes for Mac OS X or Windows, foolishly.
So does mean that if I have an iPad or iPod Touch without 3G and no direct WiFi internet connection I will not be able to get iBooks?... This seems odd. I have been thinking of getting an iPad recently and do not find using public Hot Spots a comfortable place to use plastic. This would be a deal breaker for me.
Could you enlighten me please? Or give me links that I could enquire on my own?
Is that correct?
Although one interesting thing: The text on that page says, "AuthorThis book is available on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and ON YOUR COMPUTER WITH ITUNES" (emphasis mine). So, I wonder if this is just a mis-typing, or maybe we'll see a desktop iBooks, or some way to tie into the iBookstore without being on an iOS device.