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I'll keep this short, sweet, and to the point. So we can get to the link and the free content at the end.

O'Reilly sent me a review copy of Josh Clark's new book, Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders.It's a great little book. Well-researched, well-written, and very nicely laid out. The review - some 200 or so of 'em - are short enough that you'll actually read them, but long enough to be useful. There are lots and lots of pictures. And the apps are divvied up into categories, and alternate choices are provided in case you, say, absolutely hate Yelp! (for some reason) and want to see what else Clark recommends for searching out local eats and drinks.

What I really liked about the book was that it turned me on to entire types of apps I hadn't thought about, and not just specific apps. I wound up looking some recommended apps up in the App Store and then finding a bunch of related apps I literally didn't know existed. Like the "Getting Stuff Done" chapter of the book? Most of you probably already knew a bunch of apps existed to help with getting stuff done ... but me? Well, let's just say I'm not that organized. But now that I've read about a few apps in the book and those led me to even more in the App Store? I'm a powerhouse who cannot be stopped from getting stuff done!  Sorta.

What's also cool is that O'Reilly and Clark are doing what they can to keep the book from becoming dated vis-a-vis a free companion website, Best iPhone Apps. So if you don't want to shell out $19.99 for a pretty little coffee table/reference book on iPhone apps, you can just freeload some recommendations via the website. (Yes, that's the free content I mentioned at the beginning of the post.) Well worth doing one or the other if you use an iPhone or iPod Touch on the regular, I'd say.

More information on Best iPhone Apps, the book, is available on the O'Reilly Media site.

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