iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th edition
Company: O’Reilly Media
Author: David Pogue
Price: $24.99




As an iPhone user I long ago got used to not having a manual with the iPhone. But I’m not your average user, and have had iPhones since the 3GS. But some people really need help with learning about their iPhones, and how to use them. So I was interested to see how the iPhone: The Missing Manual, 6th edition would succeed.

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WordPress: The Missing Manual – Review

On December 27, 2012, in Book Review, by Curt Blanchard

WordPress The Missing Manual
Author: Matthew MacDonald
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
ISBN: 978-1-449-30984-8
MSRP: $29.99 (Street: $20.00)
WordPress: The Missing Manual

Did you know that WordPress is responsible for roughly one-sixth of the world’s websites and that 20% of all new websites run on WordPress? That’s impressive. Our MyMac.com website runs on WordPress. If you are a brand new blogger or an experienced web developer, WordPress: The Missing Manual is for you.


O’Reilly’s Missing Manual series of tech books is huge, uncompromisingly accurate, and the authors are experts on their topics. This book’s author, Matthew MacDonald, is a website development professional and author with more than a dozen books to his credit. In WordPress: The Missing Manual he tackles a sometimes-complex subject with an approachable style that explains concepts in ways that are easy-to-grasp.

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FileMaker Pro 12 – The Missing Manual
Book Review

On September 26, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

FileMaker Pro 12—The Missing Manual
Authors: Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: $39.99 US, $41.99 CAN
924 pages
ISBN: 978-1-449-31628-0

FileMaker Pro 12 is a very powerful application. As such, it also commands a steep learning curve. I’m a huge proponent of using built-in Help files within an application, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. If you use FileMaker Pro 12 (FMP12), I highly suggest you pick up a copy of FileMaker Pro 12—The Missing Manual.

Authors Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman, both FileMaker Certified Developers, have given readers a true manual to help with learning and mastering FMP12.

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Google+ The Missing Manual
Book Review

On April 5, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Google+ The Missing Manual
Author: Kevin Purdy
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: $14.99 US print, $11.99 Ebook, $16.49 print and Ebook, $15.99 print CAN
ISBN 978-1-449-31187-2
211 pages

I’m one of those people who signed up for a Google+ account and then had no idea how to use it. Everyone who’s anyone uses social media these days, and I jumped on the bandwagon. It turns out I’m not the only one who’s confused when it comes to Google+.

Enter Google+ The Missing Manual by Kevin Purdy.

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Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
Book Review

On April 4, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual
Author: Peter Meyers
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: $19.99 US print, $15.99 Ebook, $21.99 print and Ebook, $20.99 print CAN
ISBN: 978-1-449-31627-3
263 pages

The days of receiving a manual with a product are over. Some companies supply help by way of a PDF downloaded with an application. Others include a short Get Started guide that gives just the basics of the hardware. Amazon is no different with their Kindle devices, which is why Peter Meyers wrote Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual.

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The Twitter Book, Second Edition
Book Review

On February 7, 2012, in Book Review, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Twitter Book, Second Edition
Tim O’Reilly and Sarah Milstein

Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-0-596-80281-3 | ISBN 10: 0-596-80281-1
EBook ISBN: 978-0-596-80410-7 | ISBN 10: 0-596-80410-5
Price: eBook: US$15.99 | Print: US$19.99

How complex could Twitter be? After all the service condenses messages into 140 characters!

Twitter is one social network service that you shouldn’t judge solely by its outwards appearance. It is incredibly versatile.

The Twitter Book, Second Edition will take you deeper into the inner workings of Twitter than you ever thought was possible.

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iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Book Review

On January 25, 2012, in Book Review, iOS, iPad, iPad 2, by Mark Greentree

iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition
Author: J.D. Biersdorfer

Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-1616-7 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1616-6
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4493-1676-1 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1676-X
Price: eBook US$19.99. Print US$24.99

Besides death and taxes, the only other guarantee in life is Apple will never incorporate a printed manual with any release of the iPad.

Experienced users see the benefit of no longer having a manual, while new users to the platform can be left perplexed.

Luckily O’Reilly Media and author J. D. Biersdorfer have collaborated to release iPad 2: The Missing Manual for all those consumers who wish to know more about their iPad 2.

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Behind the Scenes at O’Reilly Media’s Digital Books – Questions answered by Andrew Savikas, Vice-President, Digital Initiatives

MyMac Interview by John Nemerovski and Roger Born

MyMac: How difficult is it to prepare all aspects of your digital editions?

O’REILLY: Most of our books are produced using an XML-based production process and toolchain. While it wasn’t easy or cheap to build that out, now that it’s in place we are able to use a single source to generate print, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket, iPhone, and Android editions of the books.

MyMac: What is the price differential compared to conventional print books?

O’REILLY: For ebooks sold directly from oreilly.com, most are priced at 80% of the price of the print book. We are paying close attention to prices on various ebook devices and stores, and are doing some experimentation of our own to try and measure the price elasticity of demand for digital books.

MyMac: How successful have you been at informing, educating, and expanding your readership?

O’REILLY: Digital books outsell print books more than 2:1 on our website. So pretty good, it would seem.

MyMac: Where do iPhone/iTouch, Kindle, BlackBerry, and other small format devices fit into your evolving technology?

O’REILLY: Mobile devices are absolutely the most important digital channel for us right now. There are 40M iPhones around the world, and some estimates are that there will be at least as many Android devices within a year. That’s one or two orders of magnitude more smartphones than ebook devices, so it’s simply going to be a bigger market.

MyMac: Which titles are most popular, and which ones don’t have any traction?

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Photoshop Lightroom Adventure
Book Review

On October 9, 2007, in Book Review, by Bakari Chavanu

Photoshop Lightroom Adventure: Mastering Adobe’s next-generation tool for digital photographers.
by Mikkel Aaland

352 pages
O’Reilly Media

When it comes to digital photography, Mikkel Aaland is one of the most prolific writers about subject. A little over five years ago when I was first learning to understand how to use my little Olympus digital camera and Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, Mikkel’s books were among the first I read on the subject. Mikkel is an award-winning photographer and author of 10 books, including Phtoshop CS2 RAW (O’Reilly), Shooting Digital: Pro Tips for Taking Great Pictures with Your Digital Camera (Sybex), and The Sword of Heaven (Travelers’ Tales). His latest book is about Adobe’s popular digital processing application, Adobe Lightroom.

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