If you are semi-aware of the woodworking tool industry you know there are several classes of toolmakers.
People who try to make new tool designs that have never been seen before.
People who improve old designs that are no longer in production and are no longer patented – they are in the public domain.
People who copy successful tools, lower the price and put the original maker out of business.
The makers in category No. 3 will never get any good ink from me – only grief. We won’t sell our books through their catalogs. We won’t even mention their names (if we can help it). Until they stop stealing – and that is the only word for it – they are dead to us.
Want to read more? Check out this post from Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Toolworks, who has been ripped off more than anyone I know.
Several readers have reported some difficulty in manually adding pdfs of our books to their iPads. Here is a short tutorial on several ways to do it. As always, technology changes so fast that we recommend searching the web for alternative solutions if you hit a rough patch.
Use the iPad to Fetch the pdf The easiest way (I think) to get a pdf on your iPad is to download it directly to your iPad – skip your desktop machine or laptop entirely. Once you receive your download e-mail from us with the download link, e-mail it to yourself on your iPad. Click on the link on your iPad and the book will download to your iPad and put itself in your iBooks app.
Another option is to purchase the pdf using the iPad. The Lost Art Press store is friendly to mobile devices.
Once you make your purchase, you’ll receive a link like this in your e-mail. Click it.
It will open a page that looks like this in your browser. Click it and be patient. Some of our books take a long time to download and some mobile browsers do not show you a progress bar.
After the book downloads the browser will prompt you to open it in iBooks. Click the link and you are done.
Use a Third-party App If you use Dropbox or another free pdf reader on your iPad there are a variety of ways to fetch the pdf from a desktop or laptop computer. There are also a variety of ways to share files between your iPad and computer – too many to explore here.
Transfer via iBooks If you downloaded the pdf on your desktop machine or laptop, you can easily move it to your iPad using the iBooks app on your Macintosh. Launch iBooks on your desktop machine (it’s in your Applications folder).
Go to File/Add to Library
Navigate to the book (it’s probably in your Downloads folder).
Add it to your library and then open iTunes. Connect your iPad to your desktop machine and sync the iPad. When the sync is complete, the book will be on your iPad.