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Books

Arrh, thar be Penguins... of Madagascar!

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If you have children, you appreciate entertainment that appeals to kids and grownups at the same time.  After all, if you have to sit through a movie, and pay full price, you might as well enjoy it too, on your own level.  The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play is an app (iPad only folks) that I found amusing as did my kids who are fans of the Nickelodeon show of the same name, based on those funny penguins and lemurs from the Madagascar movies.



New Megamind Storybook App Available!

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  A perfect storybook app for the kids. Released by iStoryTime with children entertainment and education in mind, the Megamind book app is available for $2.99 on the App Store. Read on for more PR info and links...



Goodbye Halloween!

Now that Halloween comes to a close it's really exciting to see what app developers come up with as the holidays begin around us.  PadWorx Digital Media has created, Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition for the iPad.  Fellow iPhone Life Blogger, Todd Bernhard, wrote about this amazing app just last week.  So now let's close out Halloween with its eerie trailer. Happy Halloween!!

 

 



Amazon scores with new app Windowshop but faces ire of Kindle fans

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I’m a big fan of Amazon. Actually bought 1000% more ebooks from the Kindle store compared to the anaemic  shelves of the Ibook store. Price-wise, Amazon has consistently been cheaper than all the other major e-book retailers.



Get Dracula... before he gets you!

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If you have an iPad and appreciate a good horror story, go and get Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition.  As you might guess from the name, there are several "book" apps entitled Dracula but this one actually has the blessing of Bram Stoker's family, and once you run the app, you'll see why.  The story comes to life with an amazing number of animations and sound effects.  There are over 600 illustrations alone. This is no eBook... it's more like book ported to an adventure game engine.  You might think you know the story of Dracula, but the details from Bram Stoker's original 1897 novel are probably new to most of us.



Top 5 apps for productivity, email, laughs, making music, and more

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MarketWatch's Cody Willard has put together a number of top-5 lists for iPhone and iPad apps. Check it out if you want to see what he feels are the 5 best iPhone apps for email, humor, getting things done, stock market quotes, and making music. And he offers up the top 5 iPad apps for Wikipedia, business travelers, reading, and toddlers.



Why vBookz is more then just another ePub reader

Todd Bernard did a nice write up on vBookz back in Aug.  Well V2 of vBookz came out and although there are few cool new things about it; like:



PDF Reader News & Updates

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This is an update to my previous all-in-one PDF iPhone / iPad reader roundup published HERE.

I haven't elaborated on some subjects in the original article. Let's take a closer look at them.

1.) JPEG2000 images embedded in PDF files with aren't supported – they simply aren't shown.

To quickly fix this issue, before transferring the file to your iOS device, just open it in OS X's Preview and select File / Save As.

An example of this showing the page of Building iPhone OS Accessories Devices by Apress with the missing images (click the images for the full-sized version of much better quality):



iPhone versions of iPad Book apps

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I've written about some cool iPad book apps before, specifically vBookz and The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross.  Both apps are great examples of why the iPad is more than just a big iPod touch.  The large screen makes it practical to view books with more than a paragraph displayed at a time.



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