The "Recommend an iBook" Thread

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iSingandiDance, May 24, 2010.

  1. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    I really love reading on iPad. Didn't know I would love it so much.

    I finished "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett over the weekend and that was a great book (it was recommended by a friend and it was on the bestseller list). Now, I'm ready to read another.

    Can you recommend a ibook that you've read and enjoyed.

  2. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    If you like reading about technology, particularly Apple, there is a book called "The Perfect Thing" by Steven Levy. It's all about the invention and success about the iPod.

    I am also enjoying "Total Access" by Rich Eisen all about the behind the scenes of the NFL.
  3. Nebrie macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2002
    I've just read on iBooks, The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History which is a fun and astonishing read about one of the worst run companies in history (and I've never even seen one before) and Retail Hell: Confessions of a Tortured Sales Associate which is entertaining for anyone who has ever had a stint in retail or is curious about what happens the behind-the-scenes.
  4. thatisme macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2010
    United States
    Just finished Superfreakonomics, and if you were a fan of the first one, Freakonomics, I would recommend it. It was a pretty quick read.
  5. afireintonto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    If you're into sci-fi at all try metagame, it's free! I'm about 7/8ths finished and it's been amazing so far!
  6. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    The Yugo ;). Here in Michigan, if you're familiar with the Mackinaw Bridge, a windy day, one of those Yugo's flew up and over right into the waters below. Gone forever.

    It was horrible car that had no weight. Cheap as hell though, thus the appeal I suppose.
  7. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. About the convergence of ability, intellect, experience, time in history, and place that produce the "outliers" of exceptional achievement in society.

    I love the chapter "The 10,000 Hour Rule". We tend to think that a lot of high-achievers gained success over night, but that's generally not true. Gladwell maintains that about 10,000 hours of experience is needed for competence in any field. He offers as examples Bill Gates' ditching of classes and theft of computer time (time-sharing at his high school) and The Beetles grueling stint playing several hours a night back-to-back in Hamburg nightclubs.


    I'm reading more because of the easy access to books and the lower prices vs. print. But, when will we have a widespread system of being able to borrow electronic books? I suppose I should just go to the library, but on the other hand, perhaps $10 is a reasonable cost for the convenience. I have heard of some pilot programs of libraries that are lending-out electronic books. Not sure of the mechanism.

    Edit: see

    There are likely libraries that lend ebooks that are not listed there. For example, I just found out that the San Diego Public Library lends ebooks through OverDrive and NetLibrary, but they're not listed in the list above. (haven't tried it yet, so dunno about wait times...)

    I've decided that in the future I will not buy print technical books any more, unless they are not available in electronic form. I've been buying "dual" books now for some time (at least in my core work areas - Ruby on Rails and Objective-C/iPhone programming.) , because I want them up on one of my 4 monitors when I program. But now I think I can ditch the paper versions.

    I downloaded the .epubs for all my Pragmatic books, and for the most part they display nicely on the iPad. I can sit on the sofa and browse as well as I could with the paper book, so time to start reclaiming the shelf space!
  8. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    Library rules all. Still my main source though I do like reading with iBook. Btw, doesn't anyone read fiction anymore?
  9. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    I've gone completely electronic on books the same way I did's much easier to have everything handy in 1 or 2 devices :D

    As far as libraries, check your local library online, some do have epubs that feature "expiration" dates.
  10. iSingandiDance thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Some good recommendations so far.

    I've read The Tipping Point by Gladwell, so Outliers may seem like a feasible option.

    I read mostly fiction, for the one who commented.

    Keep 'em coming. :)
  11. iserian macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    Palo Alto Apple Store
    All three of the Stieg Larsson books are good reads on the Pad.

    Started reading at a fast clip on the 3rd when the first pads were released and have slowed a bit due to all of the other things to do on the pad. I'm just about done with book three in Larsson's series and am considering reading one of Clive Cussler's books ---

    I finally took my Kindle and PRS500's off of the charging shelf and put them away... have not touched any of my ereaders since 4/3.
  12. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
  13. pdmpolishing macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    The Outlander Series By Diana Gabaldon

    Outlander (Cross Stitch in UK) (1991)
    Dragonfly in Amber (1992)
    Voyager (1994)
    Drums of Autumn (1997)
    The Fiery Cross (2001)
    A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)
    An Echo in the Bone (2009)

    The Chase - Clive Cussler

    Douglas preston & Lincoln Child

    Relic (1995) · Reliquary (1997) · The Cabinet of Curiosities (2002) · Still Life with Crows (2003) · Brimstone (2004) · Dance of Death (2005) · The Book of the Dead (2006) · The Wheel of Darkness (2007) · Cemetery Dance (2009) · Fever Dream (2010)
  14. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    Okay, if you haven't read it before, Code to Zero by Ken Follett. I love this book. Another favorite The Bluenowhere by another favorite author, Jeffrey Deaver.

    And books by Vince Flynn, the Mitch Rapp series ;). Okay they're all about Mitch Rapp.
  15. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Although my local libraries offer a good selection of epub-format books for download, they require the use of Adobe Digital Editions which, for now, supports only Sony readers.
  16. mizvalorie macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sh*t my dad says by Justin Halpern.

  17. Starfall macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2005
  18. AldoRay macrumors member

    May 16, 2010
    Love those Stieg Larsson books! I like reading on the iPad but prefer the Kindle reader app over iBooks due to the sepia feature for pages in the Kindle app. It also allows me to then take the Kindle to the pool, which is a lo easier to read in bright sunlight.
  19. stephg macrumors member


    May 14, 2010
    I'm reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (sp?) and I'm really enjoying it. I'm also surprised how much I love reading on my iPad!
  20. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    If you enjoy business/management books, Peter Drucker's The Practice of Management is quite good.
  21. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    I spent a couple of weeks in Middlesex. The Middlesex Diner rocks!

    Oh, this *isn't* about the town in Pennsylvania?
  22. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    If you like Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman or, god forbid, Harry Potter, you should check out Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
  23. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Unbelievably good book.
  24. Meljackson macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    I just finished hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet on my iPad. I thought it was an excellent read.
  25. Tom G. macrumors 68000

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Let us not forget the "iPad Users Guide" its free.

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