How do I find it?

There are multiple buttons on this site that will take you to the right page on iTunes or Amazon. There are turquoise buttons prominent on the home page. The App Store and Kindle logos are linked. There is a dedicated page called Downloads with linked buttons. And every page on the site has linked buttons in the footer at the bottom. Or just click on these links to the App Store or the Amazon Kindle store.

Can I view the iBook on my Mac?

YES! If your Mac is running Mavericks OS (10.9) or Yosemite OS (10.10). To check, go to the Apple icon in the far upper left on your screen and choose "About This Mac." A little window will come up showing your operating system. If it's 10.9 (Mavericks) or above, you're good! iBooks, the app where you will see and open the book, is available on Mac, and is usually automatically installed with Mavericks or Yosemite.

There's another no-risk way to check: Download the free sample. If it works, you're good!

What about my iPad?

YES! Any iPad will display the Yosemite iBook. You must have iOS 5.1 or later, and iBooks 3 or later installed, and they are free.

Okay, how about my new iPhone?

NO, unfortunately. Tell Apple they should enable enhanced iBooks on the new and bigger iPhone 6 screen! It's truly a shame they don't. You can, however, run the Kindle version of the ebook on your iPhone using the Kindle app, a free download on iTunes.

What's the difference between the iBook and Kindle versions?

The Kindle version will run on almost any device. If you have a Kindle, it will run on it, or you can install a free Kindle app on your desktop, tablet or mobile phone. This is a "reflowable text" version, meaning the text adapts to the device and you can control font size. Unfortunately, that also means it doesn't have all the interactive features as the iBook, but it does have all the text and many photos, plus all the other interactive features, like bookmarks, built into Kindle.

Why does the iTunes listing say "some features may not work as intended with a mouse or trackpad"?

Got me. Yes, it's different from touching the iPad, but this iBook looks and runs BEAUTIFULLY on a Mac desktop or MacBook. In fact, that's where I usually run it because the photos look so fantastic on the big screen. Seems to me like Apple is shooting itself (and us) in the foot with that ridiculous warning. Argh!

How do I give the book as a gift?


1. On iTunes, in the upper left corner under the book cover, there's a button that says "Buy Book". There's a little arrow on the right side with a dropdown menu. The first option is "Gift This Book." Apple will send a gift card that you can customize with a link and fee code to download the iBook.

2. On Amazon, the "Give as a gift" option is a button on the righthand size.

I want to give the iBook as a gift, but I don't know if the intended recipient has an iPad or compatible Mac. What do I do?

Well, you could ask. (See first question above.) Some folks like to know they're getting a gift even if they don't know what it is. When you gift the book on iTunes, they will send a gift card, which you can choose and customize, with a code to download the book

And, truth is, YOU CAN'T LOSE. If the person your gifting can't run the iBook, they can still use your gift card to buy anything on the iTunes store. Alternatively, the Kindle version will work on almost any device, so you if don't want to ask and want to be on the safe side, give your friend or family member that version.

How does my purchase help Yosemite?

Apple and Amazon each take 30 percent of each sale. After that 20 percent of the proceeds goes directly to Yosemite Conservancy for its programs in the park. The remainder goes to support the California Historical Society's programs and defray costs of publishing.

How is your book different from other books on Yosemite?

First it's full of stories of the people of Yosemite: artists and photographers, climbers, Native Americans, scientists, ski bums, and dozens of others. Many of the stories are written by outstanding authors, such as Rebecca Solnit, Ken Brower, and Susan Landauer, and illustrated by amazing artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Carleton Watkins, Eadward Muybridge, Chiura Obata, and many others. You'll learn about everything from the Buffalo soldiers to the building of The Ahwahnee Hotel to the Golden Era of Climbing. And much more.

Second, the iBook has many unique interactive features. Touch a photo of Yosemite's peaks and learn how each was named. See an animation of how the Valley was formed geologically. Touch an Obata block print to see different print layers he use to make it. Tap an owl or a Bracebridge costume to learn fascinating details.

What does the QED symbol mean?

The book has been certified by Digital Book World (DBW) as meeting the highest standards of Quality, Excellence and Design. 

What is a Digital Book Award?

DBW conducts the largest and most prestigious international competition of digital books. Thousands of titles are submitted and are judged by a distinguished panel of authors, designers, and publishers. Yosemite: A Storied Landscape was selected as one of the winners.

Have more questions?

Feel free to email me: I'm the editor and designer of the book. I'm the only one here, so it might take me a day or so to get back to you, but I will. If you are interested, you can see some of my other work at my freelance web site.