How to Redeem a Promo Code in Apple Books


Help Me Redeem my Free Apple Book or iBooks code

First, an apology.

Recently, in my excitement to share with trusted beta readers a few free copies of my first ebook, Unlock Your Charisma, I failed to test the Apple Books process for reddeming a free ebook.

Big mistake!

If I had, I would have realized it takes a Ph.D. to figure out how to do this. When I tried to do this myself using helpful advice like from this link it didn’t make sense to me. Perhaps the article reflects an older version of the apps or the way Apple has designed things in 2019 has changed. In any case, below is my attempt at making things EZPZ for anyone who has a free code for an ebook from Apple (mine or someone else’s) and has NO IDEA how to redeem it!

Don’t give up!

Help is just a few steps away!

Step 1. Forget about your Macbook. You can’t use this EZPZ method below to redeem your promo code on a laptop.

Step 2. Take your iPhone or iPad and make sure you have these 2 apps: iTunes Store and Books


Step 3. Open your iTunes Store app

Step 4. At the very top, make sure “Featured” is selected in blue


Step 5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page

Step 6. Tap on the “Redeem” button right above your Apple ID

Step 7. When you see the pop-up saying “Apple Books is required to view this item” click OK. Remember, you already downloaded the Apple Books app in Step 2.


Step 8. Enjoy my book or whatever other book you had a promo code for.


If you read Unlock Your Charisma, please leave a review on Apple Books or Amazon and I will be very appreciative.

Thanks and happy reading!

Apple Books

Amazon Kindle

Improve your Touch ID


Have you ever been annoyed when your Touch ID is not working? This might happen if your hands are wet or the sensor is dirty.

I tried this hack and it seems to have improved my results. You basically scan the same fingerprint multiple times as different fingers. If you don't know how to set up your Touch ID or would like a refresher, here are the instructions from the newly minted Trillion dollar company that is Apple.

I'm not sure if it is the placebo effect, but it seems to work better than before.

Give it whirl and let me know what you think!

Next post next Saturday, 6:30 a.m.


Keep Your Webcam to Yourself


Are you a member of this fairly popular club? The U.T.O.C. or Ugly Tape Over Webcam club? Former FBI director James Comey is a member, as is Mark Zuckerberg.

Fact of the matter is, you are probably not being spied on by any government through your webcam. More likely is the embarrassment of not knowing it is on or some creep getting access to it through malware. I once clicked on a link for a training and it took me to the wrong webcam. Instead of a training session, it was someone's home office and they were just going about their work, totally unaware that their webcam had been activated. It was bizarre and absolutely no hacking skills were involved on my end. Just a weird glitch of fate. So there are definitely good reasons to have your webcam covered when you are not using it.

I love the ugly tape solution because it is easy and practically free. The thing is, lately I've been videoconferencing more often and the tape can leave a residue over the camera which I have to clean constantly. No biggie, but lately it was starting to irk me.

Instead, I decided to try a privacy webcam cover. It sticks onto your screen and has a cover you can slide back and forth. It has the added benefit that it isn't as ugly as the blue painter's tape I was using before. Installation is EZPZ (shown below) and it is relatively cheap to buy.

If you have any other privacy webcam recommendations, I would love to hear from you!
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