Peter Meyers

Peter Meyers

Digital book producer, author

  • @petermeyers

New York, New York

Areas of Expertise:

  • ebooks
  • digital books
  • book apps
  • designer
  • digital publishing
  • iPad
  • iOS
  • Kindle Fire
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
Peter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. Author of the forthcoming "Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience". For more than two decades he's worked at the intersection of writing and technology. He co-founded Digital Learning Interactive, a pioneering multimedia textbook publisher (sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). Peter has also written about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. During a five-year tour of duty at O'Reilly Media he worked in the Missing Manual group, serving as managing editor and associate publisher. Recent writing projects include "Enhanced Ebooks Today & Tomorrow: A Survey for Authors and Publishers" and "Best iPad Apps" (O'Reilly Media, 2010). He blogs at www.newkindofbook.com. Peter's undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives with his wife and two daughters in "upstate Manhattan" (aka Washington Heights).

Kindle Fire HD: The Missing Manual Kindle Fire HD: The Missing Manual
by Peter Meyers
Second Edition January 2013
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $16.99

Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
by Peter Meyers
February 2012
Ebook: $16.99

Breaking the Page: Preview Edition Breaking the Page: Preview Edition
by Peter Meyers
December 2011
Ebook: $0.00

Best iPad Apps Best iPad Apps
by Peter Meyers
December 2010
Print: $21.99
Ebook: $17.99

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Now available: "Breaking the Page" preview edition

December 13 2011

The three chapters in the free preview edition of "Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience" focus on browsing, searching, and navigating. read more

Sometimes one screen isn't enough

November 29 2011

Peter Meyers rounds up 10 content projects that span multiple screens. Some involve separate physical displays while others use different virtual windows. read more

What we could do with really big touchscreens

November 17 2011

If we could combine the touchscreen's ability to signal our layout wishes with the large displays and workspaces that many of us enjoy at our work desks, wouldn't that change the kinds of documents we create? read more

Links on the side

November 08 2011

Digital documents that help readers focus are the ones that we're most likely to remember. Those that send us scampering around the web will be more easily forgotten. read more

Links on the side

November 08 2011

Digital documents that help readers focus are the ones that we're most likely to remember. Those that send us scampering around the web will be more easily forgotten. read more

Five ways to improve publishing conferences

November 02 2011

Keynotes and panel discussions may not be the best way to program conferences. What if organizers instead structured events more like a great curriculum? read more

Five ways to improve publishing conferences

November 02 2011

Keynotes and panel discussions may not be the best way to program conferences. What if organizers instead structured events more like a great curriculum? read more

Six ways to think about an "infinite canvas"

October 18 2011

Imagine a canvas that's elastic and infinite. Now consider the content that could exist in this domain. How would it work? How would you interact with it? Pete Meyers considers these questions and more. read more

Six ways to think about an "infinite canvas"

October 18 2011

Imagine a canvas that's elastic and infinite. Now consider the content that could exist in this domain. How would it work? How would you interact with it? Pete Meyers considers these questions and more. read more

Linking in ebooks: How much is too much?

October 11 2011

Ebook producers must decide if the destinations behind embedded links are worth the disruptions they might cause. read more

Linking in ebooks: How much is too much?

October 11 2011

Ebook producers must decide if the destinations behind embedded links are worth the disruptions they might cause. read more

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions

October 04 2011

Few have actually held the Kindle Fire, let alone put it through its paces, so Pete Meyers chose a novel analytical approach: Examine his own iPad habits and look for spots where the Fire can find a foothold. read more

iPad vs. Kindle Fire: Early impressions and a few predictions

October 04 2011

Few have actually held the Kindle Fire, let alone put it through its paces, so Pete Meyers chose a novel analytical approach: Examine his own iPad habits and look for spots where the Fire can find a foothold. read more

Pictures that propel prose

September 27 2011

A clear reading path isn't always a bad thing. Here's an example where imagery advances the narrative and guides the reader along a defined trajectory. read more

Pictures that propel prose

September 27 2011

A clear reading path isn't always a bad thing. Here's an example where imagery advances the narrative and guides the reader along a defined trajectory. read more

Five digital design ideas from Windows 8

September 20 2011

Microsoft's Metro interface offers plenty for digital book designers to study. The best part? Whether or not Microsoft actually ships something that matches their demo, designers can benefit from the great thinking they've done. read more

Keeping images and text in sync

September 13 2011

The fluidity of digital content occasionally sends images in one direction and text in another. Here's a look at two design experiments that keep digital assets together. read more

Why an ebook still needs an index

September 02 2011

Why should digital publishers invest in index creation? Because ebooks that give readers efficient ways to access what they need are ebooks that will sell. read more

To page or to scroll?

August 26 2011

We all got comfortable scrolling through web pages a long time ago, but ereader and tablet design added a new quirk with the introduction of page flips. Here, Pete Meyers considers the applications of scrolling and flipping across reading environments. read more

Searching in ebooks: A unique use case that requires a unique approach

August 19 2011

The current crop of ereaders handle ebook searching in a variety of ways — some are useful and creative, some aren't. Here, Pete Meyers looks at the state of ebook search and how it can be improved. read more

Sometimes the questions are as enlightening as the answers

August 05 2011

If you're willing to accept the ambiguity, an answer of "I don't know" can launch intriguing possibilities. Here, Peter Meyers offers 10 open-ended questions about the shift from print to screen. read more

A story takes shape amidst tweets and pauses

July 29 2011

The novelist Reif Larsen did something on Twitter recently that showed how sometimes the best stories are those that arrive in small morsels, spaced generously. read more

If it's important, the news will find me

July 21 2011

Facing info overload, Peter Meyers ponders more efficient ways to find what’s newsworthy. What works for you? read more

Notes that don't break the reading flow

July 14 2011

When you move away from the passage you're currently reading to consult a note you lose your connection in a very literal way. The digital canvas provided by ebooks and ereaders can change this. read more

Images and text need to get together

July 07 2011

Callouts and captions enhance visuals, but some publishing tools make it difficult to mix images and text. That needs to change. read more

9 digital book-making tools

June 23 2011

As a preview for his upcoming free webcast, Pete Meyers offers a quick overview of digital tools used for app and ebook creation. read more

Augmented reality and books, together at last?

June 17 2011

Here are four examples that illustrate how books and other publications are starting to use AR to power their pages. read more

Edits as a storytelling device

June 10 2011

The omissions and alterations behind books are often telling, and with a little technical know-how that information could be woven into ebooks. read more

10 innovative digital books you should know about

June 03 2011

These days, Peter Meyers is knee-deep in digital books. Here he shares 10 of the best digital / interactive texts he's run across. read more

Part book, part film, part website

May 26 2011

Peter Meyers has been writing about and helping create digital books for about 15 years, and during that time he hasn't seen anything as innovative, as well executed, and as plain lovely to look at as "Welcome to Pine Point." read more

What ebook designers can learn from Bible-reading software

May 19 2011

Pete Meyers has been kicking the tires on two reading systems — Logos Bible Software and Glo Bible — both of which are filled with reader-friendly ebook features. read more

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Webcast: Digital Bookmaking Tools Roundup
June 30, 2011
For those of us who aren't code slingers, what's the easiest way to create a digital book? There are a small but growing number of tools, ranging from big guns like those from Adobe to iPad-based efforts that aim to make publishing a touch and drag affair...

Webcast: Digital Bookmaking Tools Roundup #2
November 10, 2011
Back by popular demand, in a second look at Digital Bookmaking Tools, author and book futurist Pete Meyers explores the existing options for creating digital books.

Webcast: Digital Bookmaking Tools Roundup #3
February 23, 2012
Back by popular demand, in another look at Digital Bookmaking Tools, author and book futurist Pete Meyers explores the existing options for creating digital books.

"No Kindle owner should be without this basic manual."
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch, The Computer Shelf, June 2012, Volume 7, Number 6

"This is an excellent manual that I highly recommend to anyone that's just entering the world of e-readers. This book will help you unlock the full power of the Kindle Fire, and I'd venture to say that it may even teach the skilled Kindle user a thing or two."
--Darrin Vindiola, Dads Dish Retro Blog

"The book is an easy read and its fun to sit at the kitchen table with your Fire, a cup of coffee and your copy of Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual while you figure out the wonders of your new device."
--Dave, The Review Wire

"I purchased a Kindle Fire last fall and it has been my favorite ebook readers since I turned it on. But really it is so much more. There are so many features that I didn't know where to start, but this book helped me learn how to use the Kindle Fire effectively and utilizing all its great features. This book will give you step by step directions on going online, getting apps, watching videos, reading your own documents and so much more. "
--Susan U., Book Bargains & Previews

"The Fire, it turns out, operates almost nothing like a classic Kindle. Yes, you can still download and read books. But the Fire offers much, much more..... I am very glad to have this book, because it explains numerous features and capabilities that I hadn’t yet tried or even discovered. And I truly wish I had had it on hand when I first opened the new box from Amazon."
--Si Dunn, sagecreek.wordpress.com

"I recommend Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual to anyone new to touch technology, or who is a little fearful of setting up and using the Kindle Fire."
--Elisa Pacelli, MyMac Magazine

"Great tool for any iPad user - whether for business or leisure."
--Jennifer Casler, Amazon.com

"...one of the best relevant coffee table books — especially for those who want to have an excellent conversation starter for their hip, high-tech friends who drop by."
--Steven Welsh, Omug CLOSEUP Review

"No matter how you use your iPad, Best iPad Apps will help you find the real gems among the rubble -- so you make the most of your glossy gadget."
--Steve Brock, Stevo's Book Reviews

"...the never-ending task of loading your iPad up with apps can be a lot easier for beginners with the book Best iPad Apps from O'Reilly Media."
--Gregg Ellman, Centre Daily Times

"If you've made the leap into the iPad fans group and bought yourself one of these amazing tools (or someone else was kind enough to get you one!), the Best iPad Apps book is a must have."
--Denise O'Berry, http://www.deniseoberry.com

"So why would you choose this book over the numerous web articles always showing the Top 10 iPad Apps? I wondered that as well. Now I get it. The book goes category by category. Web listings seem to have the same ones over and over...But there is also great business value and I was shocked to see the awesome amount of content in health and wellness I would have never even thought about. Some of the HD content is amazing to have right in your hand."
--Chris Miller, TheSocialNetworker

"This is a must see/buy for the astute iPad user."
--Karen Appleby, Lilk13's Reading Library