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Janapar: Love, on a Bike
Janapar: Love, on a Bike
by Tom Allen
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Readable, thoughtful and self-aware, 3 Nov. 2013
I bought the book from the author Tom Allen after the screening at Roll for the Soul in Bristol, partly because it seems like the right thing to do to support self-publishing, self-employed authors like this, a bit like tipping the waiter. I was very pleased at how well written the book was (it's his first book, though he's blogged a fair bit), and I would definitely recommend this to anyone, not just cycling/adventure fans (though it does come with a risk that it may inspire you to set out on your own adventure!). Very enjoyable, & highly readable (I finished it in a day).

Incidentally the book is also well designed (cover and inside typography) and well edited, much higher standard than the average self-published book. I saw that he ran a successful Kickstarter to raise money to pay for professional services in these areas, and I have to say it really shows (and I hope this isn't just special pleading as an ex-boook publisher!).

A Beginner's Guide to Using Your iPad as a Business Productivity Tool (FT Press Delivers Shorts)
A Beginner's Guide to Using Your iPad as a Business Productivity Tool (FT Press Delivers Shorts)
Price: £4.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor value, 23 Jun. 2011
If you can figure out the basics of the iPad interface (and let's face it, four-year-olds have no trouble with this) and have been using an iPad for more than a couple of days, then you're unlikely to learn much from this. To be fair, it is billed as a beginner's guide but even so it provides very little you can't get more easily from just using the iPad. It's very short: the content is equivalent to only about 50 paperback pages and much of this is taken up with unnecessary screenshots, repetitive step-by-step instructions. I'm amazed that a reputable publisher like Pearson would be associated with something as low-value as this. I'd suggest waiting for David Spark's "iPad at Work" instead.iPad at Work

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