22 June 2012
So, as I said, I have a new book coming out, which is always
a thrill. It’s an updated and expanded edition of iPad for the
Older and Wiser, which is still #1 on Amazon in the Hardware category in
its first edition. That’s a huge success, given that it’s up against so many
series that are household brands, and the Older and Wiser series is a relative
newcomer. The publishers have done a fantastic job of marketing the book.
The new edition, available on Amazon now, has been
completely updated. Not only has the new (third generation) iPad been released,
but Apple has also made a lot of improvements to all iPads through a software
With the introduction of iCloud, there’s a different
philosophy in using the iPad, since you don’t need to physically connect it to
your computer to set up and use it now (although there are still reasons you
might choose to do that). There are new apps including Messages, Newsstand, and
Reminders, and the Notification Centre has been introduced to make it easier to
manage and respond to alerts from your apps. The browser includes several new
features (including the Reading List and tabbed browsing), and you can make
simple photo edits using the iPad’s included software. There are lots of small
changes that have been made too, including some new gestures. The whole book
has been rechecked and revised where necessary, and there are 50 pages of new
content, about a 20% increase.
You can find out more
about iPad for the Older and Wiser (including magazine reviews) here, and can
the second edition of iPad for the Older and Wiser on Amazon here.
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08 June 2012
I haven’t blogged for a while, but that’s because I’ve been
working on a show and two books. Both books are coming out this month, one of
which I’ve written, and the other of which I’ve designed and laid out. More
news on both of those will follow in due course.
While I was in the book writing wilderness, I did update
this website with a couple of articles about writing which you might have
missed. Firstly, I wrote a piece with tips
on self-publishing your autobiography. A lot of people are interested in publishing
a book about their lives, perhaps to pass down to future generations of their
family, but also with one eye on the wider market. I wrote this article to
offer some guidance to them.
Secondly, I published an article on this website which
originally appeared in the February issue of Press Gazette. The publication’s
gone through some upheavals over recent years, but it’s an iconic brand and the
content is as strong as it’s ever been. The article was a report on how
journalists are trained to work in war zones and other hostile environments.
It was based on a training day I had last year courtesy of Blackdown UK, where we
learned vehicle evacuation drills and took part in an exercise with a simulated
hijacking situation. It was a fantastic experience, and I’m delighted with how
the article came out.
As an aside, I licensed this article for payment to another
publication too, which shows that there is value in retaining the rights in your
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