Cult of iPod


Cult of iPod won a prestigious design award for its eye-popping layout
STEP inside design, March/April 2006 (Read more)

“A beautifully published and well-written book about the cultural phenomenon known as iPod.”
ConsumerElectronicsNet, November 4, 2005 (Read more)

“A cleverly designed, attractive book . . . recommended for public libraries and universities with programs in popular culture.”
Technology Electronic Reviews, December 2006 (Read more)

About the Book

culto_of_ipod_big In this follow-up to his bestselling The Cult of Mac, Wired News editor Leander Kahney looks at how Apple’s distinctively stylish portable player is changing the way we store, carry, and use all kinds of information—and the way we interact with each other.

The Cult of iPod includes the exclusive back story of the iPod’s development and investigates the quirkier aspects of iPod culture, such as iPod-jacking (strangers plugging into each other’s iPods to discover new music), as well as the growing legions of MP3Js (regular folks who use their iPods to become DJs). Four-color throughout.

The Award-Winning Layout



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“Mr. Kahney’s writing reflects a genuine warmth and love for the iPod, as his writing style is both informative and enthusiastic . . . This book is a designer’s delight . . . Once you get going, it’s hard to put down.” — Northwest Apple Pickers (Read more)

“Visually stunning . . . Kahney’s writing style transmits the ecstasy that accompanies the phenomenon.” — University of Waterloo (Canada) (Read more)

News about STEP inside design award for book: “Way to go Derek Yee, Leander Kahney and No Starch Press!” — 800CEORead, March 23, 2006 (Read more)

“The wide variety of material will keep you turning the pages until you reach the end . . . Then you’ll flip back and go through it again, since you cannot possible absorb it all in one sitting . . . the depth is enough to keep your interest long after you’ve forgotten the latest thriller novel.” — The Jem Report, March 22, 2006 (Read more)

“Leaves no stone unturned, as it uses an abundance of witty repartee to take readers on a tour of everything iPod with gorgeous four-color photos, stylish layout, and design.” — AVN Online, March 2006 (Read more)

“Everything a great book should be . . . It excites as it educates and encourages one to think about the ripple effect of this little device.” — Computing Canada, March 3, 2006 (Read more)

Leander Kahney interviewed on popular NPR show, broadcast nationwide; available as a podcast. — TechNation, January 31, 2006 (Download and listen)

“It’s an eye-opening look at how the iPod itself has changed the nature of music.” — Midwest Book Review, January 2006 (Read more)