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Paper has finally met its match

May 16, 2012  

Every week, I listen to a new episode of Mac Power Users, a podcast made by Katie Floyd and David Sparks. It’s a great opportunity to learn new things about productivity and Apple-related technology.

On the latest show, David Sparks talked about his new electronic book: Paperless – A MacSparky Field Guide. The book is a step-by-step guide to making the transition to a paperless lifestyle.

I became interested, picked up a copy at the iBookstore and opened it on my iPad. After that, I was completely sold on electronic books.

Paperless is unlike anything I have ever experienced in any paper book. David Sparks is a good writer and the book is packed with useful information, but what really fascinates me about Paperless is the experience.

Paperless contains features that are completely impossible to include in a paper book. For example:

  • Lots of video content, both in the form of screencasts and “real life” videos that complement the text. For example, David Sparks writes about the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M, a dedicated document scanner, and includes a video of it scanning a document.
  • Interactive content.
  • Image galleries, in which related images are grouped together.

One thing that I really like about the book is the sharpness and quality of the images – they really are a joy to look at on the new iPad.

The book was created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, and the great reading experience shows that the iBooks format has huge potential.

Paperless not only shows you how to let go of paper. The book in itself proves that digital content can be completely superior to paper.