This week I am trying something a little different. I’m writing this post from my brand new iPad! I’m excited to see what I can do from this thing that I was previously able to do with my laptop alone. So far, it has really made browsing the web, checking news and viewing movies on Netflix much more enjoyable than on my laptop. I also have been able to do some business on it also which got me thinking about how I can use this in my book business.
Here are a few ways that you can too use the iPad to help your book business:
1. The Auction Calc app – This is an iPad app that gives you a nice summary of all the fees that you’re going to pay to sell anything on Amazon, eBay, eBid, Half and just Paypal. It’s a pretty handy little app if you’re curious about what kind of profit you’ll make on an item or want a list of all the fees you’d pay if an item sells at a specific price. You also can’t beat the price which is free!
2. Using the iPad 3G for book scouting – Unfortunately, you’ll have to splurge for the higher end, more expensive iPad and pay around $30/month but this would be a great device for book scouting or just doing online research for collectible books. The iPad has the capability to get an Internet connection from the cell phone towers at 3G speeds. Couple this nearly anywhere Internet connection with the iPad large screen and on screen keyboard it would make a great, little mobile online research device to look up collectible books or even may help with those books that have no ISBN you want to look up.
3. DropBox for the iPad – The iPad also has an app calked DropBox. DropBox is a very popular free service that allows you to install on any number of computers as well as iPhones/iPads and keep all your files in sync. A great way to use this app and the iPad would be to create a text file of books you’re looking for, pictures of books you’d like to buy or really anything that you’d like to make on your computer and get to on the go. I use DropBox a lot and it works great. Once installed, simply put any file into a specific folder on your computer and it then automatically syncs that file everywhere else it’s installed. If DropBox is on your iPad or iPhone you can bring up the DropBox app and view anything that you’ve chosen to put in there. It’s a very cool service for having 2GB available absolutely free!
I’ve only had the iPad for a few days now so I hope that I can share more tips with you about it and how you can use it in your online business.