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[T]his book seems most appropriate for public library staff who deal with widespread spectrum of enquiries. Overall, this is a great value book and with apps becoming commonplace amongst library users, it provides a timely introduction. CILIP Update As a keen iPad user, I was excited to learn more about what work-related apps I might be missing out on, so was keen to read this book ... [Y]ou will ... learn a great deal; but to get the most out of the book it is handy to have a smart phone or tablet to play around on as you read...For me this book is more than just about apps, as it helps us learn a great deal about useful websites. Though this book is aimed at beginners, it is also useful for those who have a little more experience with using apps and smart phones or tablets. The fact that all apps are singularly listed makes it easy for someone to dip in and out of like a reference work rather than a book as a whole. The Australian Library Journal

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Jim Hahn is the Orientation Services and Environments Librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He's written over 25 reviews and eight book chapters. His previous book is iPhone Application Development: Strategies for Efficient Mobile Design and Delivery.

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meh..ok 13 April 2014
By Larissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There were pros and cons to this book
Pros:
- had some apps I've never heard of and would like to use (I consider myself tech literate with moderate knowledge of the app world)- thus if you're new to smart phones/tablets this would be a good resource
-had logical applications for each app and believable case examples for use
-covers both Android and Apple platform apps, though some apps were available to both

Cons:
-Organization! The book is organized into 4 app sections including: utility apps, augmented reality apps, productivity apps, and social apps. I went through the book on a rainy Sunday and one of the things that irked me was how there were news apps (as an example) throughout. Or there was a form of a cloud storage app in every section. Wth? Why couldn't the all be together? Even organized within each section would have been nice.
-Repition. As I just mentioned there were several app types that were repeated. Even some that did the same thing with a very slight variation, but of course they were like 3 apps from each other in the book. Also there seems to be various: cloud storage apps, news apps, barcode scanner apps, loyalty card storage apps, and more. Would have been more efficient to have them all in one grouping with a short description of how each was different.
-No ultimate list- I would have liked to see all the apps laid out in a short comprehensive list so I didn't have to flip through the entire book again to find a certain app.

Overall- though I wasn't necessarily impressed by this book, I still think it has some apps that would be good to explore. For any level of tech knowledge. However wait until the price isn't so ridiculous or buy a copy and share with another librarian.

As a side note: I'm sure that half these apps will be outdated in a year or two. Some may even cease to exist. However, as a librarian our patrons are using these apps now, and we can help them further their knowledge as we have furthered ours.
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