Cool Things: Now You Can Gift an iBook on the iPad

iBooks Gift a Book

If you’re looking for some last minute (ish) ideas for holiday gifts, here’s another option worth considering – gift someone an iBook, right from your iPad.

Apple has recently enabled the gifting feature in iBooks on iOS – so it’s easy to do with just a few taps.

Gifting an iBook works just like gifting an app. Once you’ve got a selected iBook open, you tap on the Share button at the top right of the book’s info page – and then tap the Gift button. From there you enter the recipient’s email, any message you want to add, and select whether to send Today or on another date, pick a design for the gift notification, and make your purchase.

A nice way to share the gift of reading on an iPad – hopefully along with some great printed books as well.

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Breaking Bad: Alchemy – New iBook Looks Great on the iPad

Breaking Bad iBook

Breaking Bad: Alchemy is a brand new iBook devoted to the fantastic AMC TV series, Breaking Bad – which has just entered its short run of final episodes this week.

Here’s a little of the iBookstore intro for Breaking Bad: Alchemy:

The Breaking Bad: Alchemy multi-touch book is an ownable piece of history that provides an evocative fan experience and celebrates the true legacy of the Breaking Bad series. …
Breaking Bad: Alchemy highlights the unique visual, aural, narrative and filmic elements that make Breaking Bad one of the most magnetic series in television history. 

I’m a huge fan of Breaking Bad and have been watching it ever since Season 1. So I grabbed this iBook as soon as I heard it was available – and I’m happy to say it has not disappointed. It’s quite a nice little companion book for Breaking Bad fans.

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FX Network’s ‘The Bridge’ Has a Companion iBook


FX Network’s new crime drama The Bridge now has a companion iBook. I’ve been watching The Bridge since its first episode three weeks ago and I think it’s one of the very best shows of this genre. I’ve been gripped since the opening few minutes and now look forward to it every Wednesday.

So I was happy to notice last night that there’s this companion iBook that looks great on the iPad. Here’s a a little bit of detail on what The Bridge iBook offers:

Enter the world of FX’s new crime thriller, The Bridge, set in the bordertowns of El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico. Prepare yourself for a terrifying series of events that begins when a woman is found dead on the bridge connecting the United States and Mexico. 
Immerse yourself in this interactive, bilingual (Spanish) experience with parallax sliders and exclusive videos that take you into different worlds on opposite sides of the Rio Grande. Meet Detectives Sonya Cross (El Paso, PD) and Marco Ruiz (Chihuahua State Police), two detectives from two cities with seemingly little in common until a horrific crime reveals the dark secrets that connect them.

The Bridge is a show that’s more than good enough to merit a companion book like this, with lots more backstory to delve into.

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Notable New iBooks: Riding on a Beam of Light

Riding on a Beam of Light iBook

The iBookstore description for Riding on a Beam of Light is short and sweet:

Young Albert Einstein imagines what it would be like to ride a beam of light, and fantastically illustrates how a child’s imagination can change history.

Nice idea, and it’s nicely executed in this short story. There are just a line or two of text on each page, accompanied by beautiful illustrations that pull you into the story. The writing style is light and fun, with rhymes throughout the pages.

The book does a great job of highlighting the power of imagination and the idea that it’s good to dream. And who doesn’t like the idea of riding on a beam of light?

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Notable New iBooks – Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury

Led Zeppelin Sound and Fury iBook

Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury is a new iBook that should prove to be a big hit with Led Zepp fans and rock fans in general. Here’s a little of its App Store introduction:

Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury by Neal Preston is an in-depth, illustrated digital coffee-table book created and designed especially for iBooks. It provides an unprecedented and comprehensive glimpse into the world of Led Zeppelin through the lens of famed photographer Neal Preston. Blending images, interviews, and information to allow readers inside access into some of the greatest moments in rock history …

Preston had unparalleled access to Led Zeppelin and the photos and multimedia elements in this book are spectacular proof of that.

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