First I would suggest not buying any technical books around iOS and iPhones as they will all be changing soon to accommodate the upgrade to iOS7. This is probably why there are a lot of sales of these books going on at the moment.
Secondly i would not recommend ever buying a print version of a technical book again. In the first instance get yourself and iPad, then Bookshelf and buy all you tech stuff in eBook/ePub form. You then go to Oreilly’s site, Apress’s site, Informit’s site, several other sites that offer lower cost or free books, i will provide a full list in a future post, download them and install them on Bookshelf. This way you can carry them round with you, access them from anywhere via the iPad or if you push them to DropBox, on any computer.
Why not a kindle? Well you are an iOS developer so you really should have an iPad for testing, plus you never actually own a Kindle book, you sort of rent it from Amazon plus it is harder to get non Amazon sourced books onto a Kindle.
The way to get cheaper books fro your iPad is to subscribe to all the publishers deals of the day. Many of them will email you daily or at other frequencies with offers of half priced book or at substantial discounts. Some will offer you upgrades to a print book, O’Reilly for example, so if you register current print books with ten then it is only $4.99 to upgrade to an electronic version.
Publishers will publish in different formats. O’Reilly tend to be the best and will let you download as many as these formats (varies book to book)
- ePub — for the iPad
- PDF — anywhere
- APK — Android
- DAISY — Digital Talking Book
- MOBI — can be read by Kindles
The eBooks are often watermarked to you or your account with the bookseller’s and as you might expect though they are available to you to read on as many of your own devices as you want they are not for further distribution.
OK so i didn’t get round to recommending any book but will do in another post soon.