How to get MacBook Pro to read iBooks on OS X Yosemite

Got my copy of Soft Skills in pub format loaded to iBooks and about to go for a 4 hour drive to start new mobile project in ST Pete area. Good time to get back into my CarUiversity, in this post will list steps to use MacBook as it continues to read without highlighting, second post will show how to use iPhone

  1. MacBook Pro – very easy
    a) in iBooks select Edit/Speech/Start Speaking
    Text to voice will start with nearest chapter, the pages will not turn but it will continue to read, you can also select some text to read

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To change voice or reading speed go to Settings/Dictation and Speech

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In my next post we go over the steps how use VoiceOver to read iBooks on the iPhone with iOS 8

read more about iBooks on the Apple site


Software Engineering Book List

This is recommended book list by Mike Potts 



  • Principles, Patterns and Practices
  • Analysis Patterns
  • Clean Code
  • CLR via C#
  • Code Complete 2
  • Domain Driven Design
  • Mythical Man Month
  • Object Oriented Software Construction
  • Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
  • Refactoring


  • Agile Management for Software Engineering
  • Managing Humans
  • The Goal


  • A Discipline for Software Engineering
  • Agile Software Development with Scrum
  • Cleanroom Software Engineering
  • Implementing Lean Software Development
  • Kanban
  • Lean Software Development
  • Out of the Crisis
  • Personal Software Process
  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development
  • Software Estimation
  • Theory of Constraints


  • Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies
  • Beautiful Teams
  • Management Challenges for the 21st Century
  • Peopleware
  • Rapid Development
  • The Essential Drucker
  • The Fifth Discipline
  • The Idea Factory