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Read on an iPhone: The Free iPod Book 3.3, optimized

You already know all about The Free iPod Book 3.3—our massive tutorial guide for iPods, iTunes, iPhones, and Apple TVs, released yesterday. This morning, we’ve debuted a special version of the Book that’s optimized for reading on the iPhone itself, so you can access everything, including its newly added Free iPhone Book accessory guide, from your pocket.

Our iPhone version of The Free iPod Book 3.3 attempts to make maximum use of the device’s basic PDF reader, rendering individual pages for the full iPhone screen rather than attempting to squeeze two page spreads together side-by-side. Consequently, header text is generally readable without zooming in; you can use pinch and expand gestures to focus on text and graphics that interest you. Additional technical details can be found by clicking on this article’s headline above.

You can get the iPhone version of The Free iPod Book 3.3 here.


(9.3 MB PDF)

(6.6 MB PDF)

The full-sized version of the Book 3.3, available in widescreen (2-page-wide) or printable (1-page-wide) editions, is available here.

(For those interested in the technical issues surrounding the iPhone version of the Book, note that we optimized the book at a resolution such that photos have enough detail to be acceptable when scaled to nearly the full size of the screen. However, for sake of fitting the whole book in iPhone’s limited PDF storage capacity, not as much detail as the full-sized PC and Mac version of the Book. We ran up against page and file size limitations when creating the iPhone-readable book, as the device wasn’t displaying PDFs larger than 10MB, or, when the book’s resolution was dropped to squeeze it into 10MB, it apparently wasn’t ready for all 244 pages.

One current compromise that we’re not totally happy about: page-by-page scrolling, with no apparent ability to skip pages, or create navigation links from section to section. A widescreen edition would have cut vertical scrolling in half, but increased the need for constant horizontal scrolling. One possible alternate way of releasing the book would be as a continuously horizontal-scrolling document with two-page spreads preserved intact.

Your thoughts on how to optimize future iPhone-ready editions of our guides are of course appreciated.)

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Very smart idea, and much appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by Flippy Hambone in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 16, 2007 at 11:09 AM (CDT)


Okay, please be nice!

How do I get this on my iPhone?  Just e-mail it to myself?


Posted by Bandito in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 16, 2007 at 2:35 PM (CDT)


@Bandito:  I think you have to view this page on your iPhone and then ‘touch’ those buttons up there that say “View On iPhone.”

Posted by LazyBoy in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 16, 2007 at 7:38 PM (CDT)


I’m getting “file not found”, in both the iPhone browser and desktop FF.  Did the files move?

Posted by mm in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 16, 2007 at 8:31 PM (CDT)


links don’t work for me either… “file not found on this server” for both parts….

Posted by iPhoneiLike in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 16, 2007 at 10:02 PM (CDT)


Sorry. File names now fixed after some file tweaks.

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 17, 2007 at 12:39 AM (CDT)


Will someone make useful apps like allowing the ability to copy and paste.
The ability to save files to a folder, store files, wireless file transfers between two iphones, and machines with bluetooth. The ability to change the color of the chat bubbles.

If I could walk into an interview and upon arrival wirelessly transfer a copy of my resume with a digital portfolio to the interviewer would be spectacular. Like an iInterview or something.

A app that will wirelessly send a signal to a receiving CD, or cassette for the car would be great. kind of like Rane Serrato or final scratch.

Posted by Mjerard in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 17, 2007 at 1:19 PM (CDT)

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