I stumbled onto the most amazing book this weekend – Paperless by David Sparks. This book shows you how to go paperless using Mac tools. (David also writes for MacWorld magazine.) Although it is designed to get your personal papers under control, it’s full of great ideas for family archivists too. It shows you how to capture, process and manage your digital documents and discusses the tools needed to make it all happen.
Almost as interesting as the book’s content is the book’s construction. The book was built using iBooks Author. There are two versions – the iPad version [$9.99] and a PDF version [$10.00]. Both “books” include more than an hour and a half of video and screencast demonstrations of the processes discussed in the book. With the iBooks version, those videos are viewed right in the book. On the PDF version, when you click on the screencast’s title image, the video pops up in your QuickTime player.
If you are a Mac user and want to learn how to better capture, digitize and manage your family history archive – not to mention your personal papers, this book tells you and shows you how to do it.