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Safari Books Online launches iPad app

Safari Books Online has launched a free iPad application, Safari to Go that allows subscribers to access and read books from its online library. Safari Books Online is a subscription-based on-demand digital library that delivers expert content from leading publishers in technology and business such as O’Reilly Media, Peachpit Press, John Wiley & Sons and many others. The Safari to Go application allows users to access books from the company’s on-demand catalog for both online and offline reading. The app also provides a search feature that allows users to search the entire collection of books and articles available or search within the content of a specific book. Non-subscribers can access sample content for any books and sign up for trials and subscriptions from directly within the app. The application also provides access to folders and notes with tagging and bookmarking features that synchronize between the application and the online website. Safari To Go is available from the App Store as a free download. A subscription is required to access any content other than samples, with individual subscriptions starting at $23/month for ten books per month or $43/month for unlimited access; a free trial subscription is available.

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I am loving iBooks at the moment. It is a great way to read books especially as I have found I can add notes, bookmarks and even highlight text if I want to.

It is excellent that there are other publishers putting works out for us to read on our iPads. The subscriptions for this Safari Books Online seems to me to be a bit high but I suppose it may suit some people if it fills a need of a particular niche.

David Allen

Posted by David Allen in Toronto on November 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM (CDT)


David, the value of Safari Books Online is that you have access to thousands of books, not only the ones you purchase. But, beyond that, you can run searches across all books in the library. As a developer this is worth much more than you can imagine. For example, when faced with a development problem that I need an answer to, I can access many books that match my search criteria. Many times finding a paragraph or even a sentence that answers my question. I am however usually surprised to find that the book that answered my question was not one that I would have been my first choice for purchase. I can’t live without Safari Books Online at this point. I love watching the new books as they are added as well and can say that I have not had to purchase a single technical book since I joined. I highly recommend the service if you are a developer or involved in web design or management or even photography. ... And I didn’t even mention the hundreds of videos that are also available. Just an incredible service if you ask me that is worth many times what they ask for IMHO.

Posted by Mike in Toronto on November 8, 2010 at 9:36 PM (CST)

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