The brand-new Safari To Go iPad App is now available worldwide for free in the App Store. A detailed rundown of what’s been addressed from the 1.0 version is available in this post, and I’ve included screenshots below. If you’re a Safari Books Online subscriber, the App gives you streaming access to over 35,000 books and videos (and if you’re not yet a subscriber, sign up for a free 10-day trial to check it out). If you have a previous version of Safari To Go installed on you iPad, please check the App Store for updates to get the new version.
We’ve already got lots of new features in the pipeline, and will be updating and enhancing the app regularly, and we look forward to your feedback and suggestions for making Safari To Go the best it can be. I personally use Safari Books Online all the time, and as I’ve been testing this app over the past several weeks, I find myself using Safari more than ever before (an experience echoed by quite a few of the beta testers).
The app initially includes access to one book at a time in an “offline bookbag” mode. As I mentioned before, that was one of the buggiest features in the 1.0 version of the app, and while we do want to expand the offline capability, we want to confirm the feature works well for a large number of users (beyond the 100-device limit allowed by Apple for pre-release testing) before expanding it.
Here’s some screenshots to give you a peek at what to expect from the Safari To Go app. The main page gives you quick access to what’s new, what’s popular, and what you’ve recently viewed, along with a Search box:
Most of the books in Safari are presented in reflowable (and resizable) HTML. In the case of titles provided by the publisher in PDF-only, you’ll see images of those pages:
Searching from within a book delivers results from just that title:
Search results from the main screen include both books and videos:
About the Author
Andrew Savikas, Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Savikas is the Chief Executive Officer at Safari Books Online. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he held the positions of VP of Digital Initiatives at O’Reilly Media Program Chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference , and interim Chief Executive Officer of Safari Books Online. Andrew blogs at blog.safaribooksonline.com and toc.oreilly.com, and is also a regular contributor to the O’Reilly Radar blog and to “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto,” a collection of essays on the future of publishing, http://book.pressbooks.com. Andrew previously led the digital publishing and ebook program and strategy for O’Reilly Media, including both print and digital production of all O’Reilly books. He sits on the board for the Book Industry Study Group and is on advisory boards for Bookshare and the University of Michigan Press. He frequently speaks at technology and publishing conferences all over the world and is also the author of “Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming your Text“.
Andrew holds a B.S. in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.