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Jeff Merron is a writer and editor who wrote full-time for ESPN.com's Page 2 for five years and has contributed to Slate, Consumers Digest, Yahoo.com, Information Week, Byte Magazine, and many other national outlets.

Digital Reading Room: Apps that reach for the sky

We go up in the air and out into space with this installment of the Digital Reading Room, as a trio of tablet apps about space, World War II, and photography take flight.

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Digital Reading Room: A tale of three magazines

iOS's Newsstand has been open for business for nearly a year-and-a-half. We look at what a pair of recent Newsstand additions from some long-established magazines are doing digitally -- and how a young up-and-comer is teaching them a thing or two about making the most of the iPad.

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Digital Reading Room: The next big thing

From dinosaurs to Big Data, our biweekly look at content-rich apps tackles some big topics in this latest installment.

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Digital Reading Room: Expert advice

The iPad doesn't automatically make you an expert on a diverse array of subjects. But the apps we feature in this week's column put expertise on classical music, evolution, and graphic design right at your fingertips.

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Digital Reading Room: Counting it down

We end 2012 with the quantity and quality of content-rich apps on the upswing. But expectations for these tablet apps are higher, too.

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Digital Reading Room: Dollars and sense

Holiday shopping eating into your budget for app downloads? Not to worry -- three of our four offerings this week won't cost you a dime to download.

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Digital Reading Room: Ghosts of Christmas present

Our regular look at content-rich apps takes on a holiday flare, as we explore a mobile adaptation of a classic Charlie Brown special, examine other Christmas-themed apps, and consider the best mobile versions of Charles Dickens's holiday tale.

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Digital Reading Room: The man with the golden app

The iOS Newsstand gets a noteworthy addition, while another newspaper offers a pretty deep collection of its front pages over the years. But the latest round-up of content-rich tablet apps starts by introducing you to a man named Bond -- James Bond.

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Digital Reading Room: Past, present, and future

Our latest look at new content-rich apps starts off in the past before taking a look at some mobile offerings that point to a bright future for how we tell stories.

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Review: Great Pumpkin delights but doesn't soar

The classic TV special is now an iPhone and iPad app, and while Loud Crow's mobile offering is charming enough, it doesn't match the greatness of the cartoon that inspired it.

Digital Reading Room: Hail to the chiefs

Our regular look at content-rich tablet apps considers the campaign promises of two more presidential apps. And we drown out all this election talk with some iconic jazz music from the terrific Blue Note app for your iPad.

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Digital Reading Room: Rich man, Poe man

Our regular look at content-rich apps says hail to the chief and asks all the right questions. But we start things off with an app that provides a new look at the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

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Type on PDF and Type on PDF Pro for iPhone and iPad

Most iOS users will find Type on PDF and Type on PDF Pro to be missing easy-to-use features available in other apps. But both versions of the PDF creation app offer capabilities that could serve businesses well.

The Guitar Collection: George Harrison for iPad

A must-have for hard-core Beatles fans and guitar aficionados, this iPad guide also serves as a model for how to make a content-rich iOS app.

MagicalPad for iPad

This terrific outlining app boasts some interesting features, though it doesn't quite deliver on all the things its developer promises in MagicalPad's App Store description.