This week Making Reeds from Start to Finish was released through iTunes Books for a purchase price of $14.99. At the present time, this book is an iPad only interface. It will not open on other Apple devices (see note below).
The book was written by Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. Kevin Chavez edited and provided video footage with Matt Dine providing the still photographs. The interface for the book is smooth and fluid. You can easily move from chapter to chapter or from page to page. There are demonstration videos throughout, excellent interactive graphics, and audio clips of reed crows to help you through the process. It's also very easy to highlight text, take notes or even review information with glossary "flashcards." The text takes you through the entire reed-making process and even includes advice about gouging and shaping cane as well as information about English horn reeds. Of course, there are some things in my own reed-making that I do quite differently than Dr. Ambrose King recommends, but I feel this book is an incredible resource for anyone wanting to learn more about this subject. In my opinion, it's an absolute MUST BUY for any oboist who has access to an iPad. This is a beautifully constructed e-book that takes full advantage of the format while never losing sight of the content the author is trying to present. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who worked to bring it to fruition.
PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the book is only available on an iPad. I've talked to Kevin Chavez and he explained that the limited release is due to Apple's formatting constraints. Hopefully Apple will expand the platform into other devices soon!