If you have aspirations of joining either the game development or journalism industries, then you'll have undoubtedly discover that there's a wealth of information about how to get started out there -- so much so, in fact, that it's difficult to know where to begin poring over it.
Two well established books, newly released on Apple's iBooks marketplace, aim to demystify the various routes into the games biz through practical advice from high profile industry figures.
Get Rich Playing Games by Scott Steinberg provides a DIY career guide for aspiring artists, game designers, programmers and executives to break into the business. Industry legends such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Sid Meier and Will Wright offer insights into how readers can boost their job prospects. The guide covers jobs across the whole industry, ranging from sales to management, PR to animation, and everything in between.
The Videogame Style Guide and Reference Manual by David Thomas, Kyle Orland and Scott Steinberg, conversely, is a companion work for the AP Stylebook, bible of many a copy editor. It provides advice on good writing about games, including spelling, grammar, usage, capitalization and abbreviation rules as well as a series of tips for producing polished prose. Those with designs on a future career in the journalism biz would do well to give it a read to ensure their pitches to publications are as finely tuned as possible.
Both books are now available via iBooks on iOS devices for $2.99 each, but they're also available as free PDFs on their respective websites -- the Videogame Style Guide can be found here while Get Rich Playing Games may be found here.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Two Games Industry Top-Selling Publications Now Available via iBooks