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"The Cult of iPod," by Leander Kahney, No Starch Press ($24.95)
"The Rough Guide Book of Playlists" edited by Mark Ellingham, Rough Guides ($9.99)
In a nation crazy about the iPod, it's no surprise the publishing industry sees an opportunity when it hears one.
In "The Cult of iPod," Leander Kahney offers a book to use like an iPod. Readers can joyfully skim the contents, as if set on random, to snack on the eye-catching imagery of everything iPod. Or you can select a playlist, like the chapter on the making of the iPod, for deeper insight into the creative process at Apple Computer Inc.
Most entertaining are the stories Kahney collects on how people use their iPods. Snippets include an "iPology" that scrolls across the screen like a song title ("America apologizes. Especially Ohio.
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