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Here’s what happened: I had ordered an iPad Wi-fi + 3G which means I would be waiting until the end of the month until I got my iPad, but I really wanted to see one in person, so Saturday afternoon my son and I went to the local Best Buy store and played with one for 45 minutes. We were just blown away, so I told the guy at Best Buy “I’ll take one” (I got totally carried away, especially since I already had one ordered).

He asked his supervisor how many they had left. He looked at me and said “Zero. We’ve been sold out for hours.” We asked if they could call around to the other Best Buys in the area. All sold out. Then I found out our IT guy had already bought two for us for testing purposes, so I snagged one for the weekend. Whoo-baby it is sweet! Anyway, here are the seven things that surprised me most:

(1) It’s better than I thought
I was expecting it to be pretty cool. I remember seeing ads and reading about the original iPhone, and I thought it looked cool, too. But once I actually held one in my hand, everything changed. Same thing here. Whatever your impressions of the iPad are, they will change once you actually hold one in your hands. It’s a beautifully designed piece of technology.

(2) It’s heavier than I thought
I knew it was a few ounces heavier than the Kindle, but it feels twice as heavy. Sturdy and well built for sure, but definitely heavier, and certainly heavier than I thought (seeing as it’s so thin).

(3) It’s faster than I thought
I’m really stunned at how fast things happen on the iPad. Photos appear instantly. You scroll through hundreds of photos in an instant. Apps launch fast. Everything just feels really, really fast. I know I’m not the first person to point this out—everybody’s saying the same thing, but I didn’t realize it would be as fast as it is.

(4) The screen is much better than I thought
I knew the screen would be good, but the screen is way over the top crisp, bright and sharp. In fact, I don’t know what they’d have to do to improve the screen itself. I’ve never seen a device this size with a screen like this. Heck, I rarely see a device of any size with a screen like this. Everything looks great on it.

(5) It Makes You Hate Your Old iPhone-sized Apps
To really experience and fall in love with an iPad, you have to use Apps redesigned for the iPad. They’re brilliant. So far, the developers seem to have not merely just up-sized their existing apps—they’ve upgraded them big time. It’s like they’ve broken free from what must have been a very limiting experience (design-wise) creating apps for the iPhone and iPod touch, and now they’re like, “OK, now we can really do what we’ve always wanted to do!” Unfortunately, this makes you kind of hate your old iPhone apps (which get copied over to your iPad when you sync it with your computer), and honestly, I can barely stand to run them. They’re pixelated and almost “old fashioned” looking once you see what can be done at full iPad size and redesign.

(6) The Screen Seems Much Bigger Than It Is
The screen size is so perfect, that it actually seems to be much larger than it really is. It feels like there’s space galore, instead of it being at a premium. Movies look great, and feel big. Maybe it’s because the whole thing is just one big screen, but everything feels nice and big—-bigger than the screen actually is in reality.

(7) Books and Magazine are Much Better Than I Thought
Apple’s free iBooks App is just plain amazing. Way better than I thought it would be. It makes you want to read books on it. Engadget.com said it better than I could, when yesterday they wrote:

“It’s the first e-book reading experience we’ve seen that seems to truly understand the visceral, sensual enjoyment of holding an actual volume in your hand.”

The iBooks App is simply brilliant for reading novels, business books, reference books, etc.. The selection is somewhat slim at present, but like the iTunes Store, it’s going to explode with lots of titles very soon (including a bunch of my own).

Also, Amazon’s Kindle App for the iPad is amazingly good, too (in fact, since it’s in color, my Kindle format books look much better on Kindle for the iPad, than they do on an actual Kindle reader (which displays the photos in black and white), so good job Amazon—your iPad App rocks (which in my opinion, was a very smart business move for Amazon). That’s my book shown in the Kindle Reader for iPad above.

The Bottomline
When people say, “Oh, it’s just a big iPod touch,” they’d be right if all they did was run their old iPod touch Apps at 2X the size, but it’s the redesigned and new iPad Apps (like the iBook App, the Marvel Comics App, and the ABC TV App, among others) that make it an entirely different experience.

I was met with a room full of skeptics during an Easter get-together at my house yesterday—-a room full of “Oh, it’s just a big iPod touch, right?” But everybody left saying, “I have got to have one!” That doesn’t come from running iPod touch apps at twice their size.

It blew everybody away. They all already have iPhones or iPod touches, so they were expecting “more of the same,” but man did they all fall in love once they saw what it could do. I couldn’t get it out of their hands to show the next person how it worked. It has an impact that you can’t get from an article, or an Apple TV ad, or a video on their Website. You have to hold one and try it yourself. Once you do, you’ll hear what I heard half a dozen times or more yesterday. “This is way better than I thought.” I totally agree.

Silver Medal Rosette

I know—nobody remembers the second place of anything. You don’t remember who lost the Super Bowl, or who took 2nd place in the World Cup, or who won the Silver metal, but I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about being #2 this time.

First, a little back-story. For the last five years I had been the #1 best-selling author of computer and technology books across all categories (the computer and technology category includes every book about computers of course, but also gaming, photography,  the internet, software, and so on).

Well, this year, they (Nielsen, the ratings people who track data on everything from TV viewers to book sales), moved photography books out of the computer category (where they had been all along), into their own separate category (which actually I think is a good thing), but because of that change, my best-selling digital photography book series (The Digital Photography Book Volumes 1, 2, and 3) would no longer be counted toward me being the #1 computer and technology book author.

A Tale Of Two Counties
As it turns out, even without my three Digital Photography books being included in the calculation, according to data collected by Nielsen Bookscan, I was still the #1 bestselling author of all computing and technology books, across all categories for 2009, and as you might imagine, I’m really excited. (Here’s the full press release from my Publisher).

But then, there’s the photography category, and sadly Nielsen revealed that I didn’t take the top spot in sales for 2009. That’s right—-I’m in that forgettable “second place” spot, but I have to admit, I’m not really upset, primarily because of who I lost to:

Ansel Adams.

I can live with that. ;-)

I Owe it All to You
I want to thank you guys—-the readers who buy my books and give me the opportunity to write more books (if your books don’t sell, your book writing career comes to a screeching halt). Your support, and tireless ability to put up with my quirky sense of humor, allows me to continue on as a writer, and I just can’t thank you all enough.

Of course, I couldn’t do any of this without having a kick-butt Book Publisher in Peachpit Press, and I want to thank my Publisher Nancy Reunzel, my Editor Ted Waitt, along with Sarah Jane Todd and Scott Cowlin in Peachpit’s marketing team for all their help, and everybody at Peachpit and Pearson Education—-I’m indebted to them for everything they do to support my books and help them reach the largest audience possible.

PeachpitPhotoClub

My book Publisher, Peachpit Press, has just launched a very cool new project; the Peachpit Photo Club. They invited me as their first guest, and here’s how they describe the whole shebang:

On the third Tuesday of every month, from 8 to 9 p.m. EST (5 to 6 p.m. PST), join us for a webcast featuring your favorite digital photographers, such as Scott Kelby, Chase Jarvis, Chris Orwig, Joe McNally, David duChemin, and many more!

The debut Peachpit Photo Club features Scott Kelby on Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. EST! During this live webcast, photographer and bestselling author Scott Kelby will present some of his work, provide you with some insight and inspiration, and answer your burning questions!

To keep the creative juices flowing, Photo Club members will receive a fun assignment at the end of the session. Members can complete the assignment on their own, or team up with others in their area. Either way, once the assignment is completed, Photo Club members can upload their work to Flickr where your friends at Peachpit, and some of our photography authors, will help critique your work. And of course, there will be a chance for prizes!

The space is limited, but you can register to be a part of the free Webcast with me, right here. Hope to see you there. Well, I won’t see you, but you’ll probably see me, but at least I’ll hear you breathing (OK, actually, I probably won’t, but I’ll know you’re there. Somehow, I’ll just know). :)

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Hi Gang: I just got my first copy of David Ziser’s amazing new wedding photography book, “Captured by the Light” and it is even more amazing than I thought it would be! I’ve only worked as Editor on two books in my career—Joe McNally’s “The Moment it Clicks” and now this book. Watch the quick video below to hear why David had to be the guy to write this book, and why it’s going to be the best thing to happen to Wedding Photographers in years.

The book is now in stock at Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com.

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Before we get to the news; it was such an honor to have Bill Frakes as my guest blogger yesterday, and I just wanted to give him a big thanks for kicking off 2010 with a bang!!!! Thanks Bill—that rocked!!! Now, onto the news:

The first great quote of 2010
It came from Seth Godin’s blog (which is a must-read daily blog from one of my favorite business authors), and here’s what Seth said that earned him my “First Great Quote of 2010” distinction:

“When was the last time a bad guy was foiled because he couldn’t use a good camera to take a picture of a tourist attraction?”

Come on, you gotta love anybody that so “gets it” like Seth. Here’s the link to Seth’s blog.

My Photo Recipes DVD/Book is Sold Out!
Be careful what you wish for, right? I just announced my new “Behind the Scenes” book/DVD combo on Tuesday (shown above), and by Wednesday it was already sold out at Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon (where it became the #117 most popular book of ALL books on Amazon.com). So, while the good news is that there seems to be lots of interest in this book, the bad news is that it’s already back-ordered for between one and two weeks at both Amazon and Borders, but right now Barnes & Noble.com has them back in stock, ready to ship (well, at least they did when I wrote this). You can also get on the backorder list at either Amazon.com or Borders.com.

D-Town is D-Layed
Ugh! The set is taking longer to build than we had planned, and although we all thought that today would be the debut of the new season of D-Town TV—-we were wrong. Looks like we’re going to have to wait for next week (So sorry about that—-it’s totally our fault. Every time I estimate how long a new set is going to take to build—I’m way off. Apparently, estimating building times is not my strong suit). So, thanks for hanging in there and being patient with us, and we’ll be looking (keeping our fingers crossed) for our launch next week. Double-ugh!

The New Season of Layers TV
Apparently RC and Corey are better at estimating their launch date than I am, as their new season of Layers TV (the weekly show about everything Adobe) just kicked off. You can watch it online right here. Congratulations guys! (but you are making me look bad). ;-)

I am so digging “Best SLR Camera.org”
A big shout-out and my thanks to “BestSLRCamera.org” who included two of my Digital Photography books in their “10 Best Photography How-To Books” list. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today folks
I had planned on putting some shots up today from my Lions/Bears NFL sideline shoot today, but I got tied up with some other stuff. Maybe tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope you guys have the kind of Thursday that feels like a Friday! :)

Hi Gang:
Here’s a quick video about my latest project called Photo Recipes: Behind The Scenes” published by Peachpit Press, which is a DVD/Book combo based on one of the most popular sections of my Digital Photography book series, Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

You can order yours now (they’re in stock now—-well at least they were last night when I wrote this) at:

or wherever cool new books are sold. :)

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