Our selection for June includes a book that proposes that “the Internet reflects real-world inequalities as much as it reduces them,” another that shows you “how to create game levels using the free Unreal Development Kit,” and others on how to Blog, beyond the Blog, and the usual manuals for your computing software and hardware.
The people’s platform : taking back power and culture in the digital age / Astra Taylor.
“The People’s Platform argues that for all our ‘sharing’, ‘up-voting’, and ‘liking’, the Internet reflects real-world inequalities as much as it reduces them… …Employing a mixture of reportage, research and her own experiences working in a creative field, Astra Taylor not only offers an audacious rebuttal to the current Internet orthodoxy, she also presents viable solutions to our predicament. If we want the Internet to be a people’s platform, we will have to make it so.” (Book cover)
The Unreal game engine : a comprehensive guide to creating playable levels / Andrew Finch.
“The Unreal game engine is a versatile system that has been used to power a variety of best-selling video games. In The Unreal Game Engine, environment artist Andrew Finch looks at how to create game levels using the free Unreal Development Kit, from modeling the environment and building objects to adding those objects to the scene, texturing, and lighting. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a level designer, then look no further! Andrew Finch works for Codemasters games studio as an environment artist and his credits include F1 2012 and Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron.” (Syndetics summary)
iPads in the library : using tablet technology to enhance programs for all ages / Joel A. Nichols.
“Written for librarians and other library staff, this title provides a wide variety of iPad-based program ideas. Following an explanation for developing and using this type of technology in the library, the introduction further explains the organization of the book and includes suggestions for substituting other tablet devices if iPads are not available.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
How to blog made easy / Richard N. Williams.
“This is the essential guide for all those who want to make sense of the hows and whys of this incredible new platform. Both for writers, artists, musicians and anyone aiming to make money online, it covers software, content management systems, ‘when is the best time to blog?’, how to increase your audience and much, much more.” (Syndetics summary)
iPhone all-in-one for dummies / by Joe Hutsko and Barbara Boyd.
“Want to get the most out of your iPhone? You’ve come to the right place. You’ll be up and running in no time with easy coverage of iPhone basics, how to use the built-in iPhone apps, setting up security, texting, and more. And of course, it explains all the fun stuff too, like how to use Siri, your voice-activated personal assistant, video-chat with FaceTime, find your way with the Maps and driving directions, and much more. Whether this is your first iPhone or an upgrade to the latest version, get ready to outsmart the smartest smartphone in town with iPhone All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd edition, fully updated to cover the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iOS 7!” (Syndetics summary)
The iPhone app design manual : create perfect designs for effortless coding and & app store success / Dave Brown with Vicky Roberts.
“The creation of apps for Apple’s iPhone is now a huge, and global, business, with hundreds of thousands of developers, entrepreneurs and companies attracted by the potential rewards. But games, functional apps, and promotional apps alike depend on attractive, intuitive design for their appeal, and most fail to find a significant audience. With this book, you’ll be able to turn your great app idea into a functioning design that it is ready for coding, or apply graphic design skills to this exciting and lucrative marketplace. You will have a clearly visualised concept and a focused sales plan – and your app will stand out in an app store that is worth well over a billion pounds every year.” (Syndetics summary)
iPad mini for dummies / by Edward C. Baig and Bob “Dr. Mac.” LeVitus.
“The perfect companion for discovering how to get the most out of your iPad mini! Apple′s latest iPad may be small, but it′s one mighty mini. This fun-and-friendly full-color guide gets you started with your iPad mini, walking you through using the multitouch interface, getting connected, browsing the web, adding tons of cool content, and much, much more. From sending and receiving e-mail to texting with iMessage, downloading apps from the App Store, managing your calendar, making video calls with FaceTime, and working with Siri, expert authors and Mac gurus Ed Baig and Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus will have you making your way through your iPad mini in no time at all. Shows you how to unveil the iPod in your iPad mini, take control of your tunes, import photos, create a slideshow, and capture photos and videos…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Mastering Perl / Brian D. Foy.
“Take the next step toward Perl mastery with advanced concepts that make coding easier, maintenance simpler, and execution faster. Mastering Perl isn’t a collection of clever tricks, but a way of thinking about Perl programming for solving debugging, configuration, and many other real-world problems you’ll encounter as a working programmer. The third in O’Reilly’s series of landmark Perl tutorials (after Learning Perl and Intermediate Perl), this fully updated edition pulls everything together and helps you bend Perl to your will.” (Syndetics summary)
Smashing WordPress : beyond the blog / Thord Daniel Hedengren.
“With this new edition of a perennially popular WordPress resource, Smashing Magazine offers you the information you need so you can maximize the potential and power of WordPress. Takes you through the anatomy of a WordPress installation and shows you how WordPress actually works behind the scenes. Walks you through custom post types and details how they work, what they can be used for, and how you can make them appear in your regular content flow.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)