iPad at Work

October 24, 2011

That David Sparks guy. Wow.

It was only last February I wrote up a review of Mac at Work, which David had been kind enough to send to me. Here we are less than a year later, and I’ve stepped out my front door to find another padded envelope waiting for me. This time it’s a copy of David’s latest manifesto, iPad at Work.

It might seem ambitious to call a practical technology book a manifesto, but you might not feel the same after reading it. David’s thorough writing (as usual) will quiet any skeptics who might say that an iPad is not a useful tool for someone in almost any line of work. As he did with Mac at Work, David breaks his thoughts up into the general tasks one might need to engage with in their career. Chapters cover a breadth of topics like email, travel, task management, enterprise, presentations, and of course, writing. Within each chapter, David shows how the iPad is able to slice through each task using either core iOS tools or some of the best apps from the app store. In a new twist in this book, which I’m sure many will find helpful, he goes into a little more detail about his particular setup, and what he finds works best for him.

I still use the original iPad I bought in April 2010 everyday. At least once a month, it becomes new to me all over again when I find a new app to work with and introduce to my workflows…and also my relaxflows. Reading through iPad at Work compressed several such discoveries into a few days, an experience I expect will be common for most readers.

What is best about this book is that is a labor of love. It is some kind of cyborg love child spawned by David and his iPad. David isn’t writing to be published, and he’s not writing for a check. He’s a lawyer, and he uses his iPad at work everyday. He’s passionate about this stuff, and its contagious.

That David Sparks guy. Wow.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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