Big Island, Amazing Sights uses compelling photography and cloud-hosted interactive maps to take the reader on a virtual tour of the Big Island of Hawaii. The book makes extensive use of full-screen, 360 degree panoramas to take you right down to the sand at Hapuna Beach, to the black sand beach at Pololu Valley, and even into the Kilauea volcano Halemaumau caldera.
You'll land at Kona International Airport and head north up to the idyllic Kohala Coast, check out the beaches and golf courses, and then continue across the north side of the Big Island to the rainforest at Akaka Falls state park, then on into Hilo, you'll check out some waterfalls on your way to Volcanoes National Park and then back to Kona. You'll see stunning photography from every part of the island.
The book's interactive maps contain author-selected links to a variety of restaurants, state parks, golf courses and other big island attractions. Hotel information is also available in the form of slideshows and reviews.
The next-generation approach taken in the FutureTravel series leverages the full power of iBooks Author to deliver a travel book that is both artistically and technically satisfying, and fully leverages the connectivity of the iPad platform.
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Mostly a commercial
This "book" is very short, missing many important regions and sights on the Island of Hawaii. Mostly it is links to public web sites and hotel pages. Many of the photos are out of focus or poorly rendered. Some of the panoramics are very nice, but most are commercials for hotels or golf courses. Some are shot poorly with obvious transitions between images. All in all, with the fact that this is mostly an ad, it is not worth anywhere near 9.99, 1.99 would be pushing it. I gave 2 stars because even bad pics of Hawaii are better than most.
Media rich and informative
Fun guide to Hawai'i Island. Enough solid facts to satisfy the geek in me and enough fun/little known stuff to be able to hand it to a mainland visitor and send them off on an adventure.
I've lived on the island over a decade so I've seen a lot of guidebooks. What sets this one apart is being up to date and realistic. I like all the links and movies too