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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (May 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321717589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321717580
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.3 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Carlson is the author of Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, iMovie 09 and iDVD for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Pocket Guide. He divides his time between his Seattle Web design company, Never Enough Coffee Creations, and writing for publications such as Macworld, I.D., and HOW Magazine. He is also the managing editor of the weekly electronic newsletter TidBITS, which covers Macintosh and Internet issues.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gale on July 19 2010
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This book answered all my questions that I had for the iPad. Well worth what I paid for it.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
The Pocket Guide vs. The Rough Guide Aug. 7 2010
By Caponsacchi - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although the iPad ships with a whole card's worth of information, some users will undoubtedly appreciate more detailed help and information about the latest hot item from Apple. First, no need to fret if you're short a ten. Simply go to the Apple site, and you'll find a generous complimentary manual online. On the other hand, it's understandable that some reactionary types will prefer a "hard copy" manual--one, moreover, that does not require toting 200 letter-size pages of instructions.

Either one of these guides--the iPad Pocket Guide by Jeff Carlson or the Rough Guide by Peter Buckley--will do the trick--though you certainly won't require both (I ordered the 2nd only after forgetting that I'd already ordered the first). Unfortunately, the choice isn't easy. The prices are virtually equal, the size and weight of the two manuals are also practically identical. (Neither manual is quite small enough to fit into a back pants pocket, but that's merely a quibble: they're plenty compact and handy.)

Should you come across the two competing titles in a bookstore and read the back-cover hype, you're likely to assume that the Pocket Guide takes a more personal, hand-holding approach than the Rough Guide to the iPad and its application to your specific needs. However, pretty much the opposite is true. The Rough Guide has thicker pages, some in color, bigger print, more subdivisions and titles, less verbiage, and an index that has fewer than one-half the entries in the Pocket Guide (which must have close to 500 entries in its 9-page index).

Both manuals are written clearly enough, but if your interest is in the details and if your reading environment (not to mention eyesight) is optimal, you'd be justified in considering yourself better equipped with the Pocket Guide. On the other hand, it may matter to some readers that though the Pocket Guide contains more information and more detailed explanations than The Rough Guide, it presupposes just a tad more computer literacy on the part of the user. For example, the chapter entitled "Debunking the Multitasking Myth" would not immediately grab the attention of someone unfamiliar with the "myth"--or, for that matter, with the meaning of "Multitasking" (we'll be more charitable and assume the lay reader can handle "debunking"). On the other hand, if all you want is a fast read, some big print and even some color (forget the highlighting--the editor/author has done all of that for you), then the Rough Guide is no doubt your best bet for an iPad companion.

Having both manuals, I feel compelled to use both. And given the differences between the two--less about substance than style--I'd have to give both five stars at this stage. The "Rough Guide" has bigger print, more pictures, and makes frequent use of an inviting Q&A format. But it pays little attention to the user's actual sequence of using the machine. If you prefer all sorts of orientation, scene-setting, feature-talk before the basic business of getting your iPad set up and connected, the "Rough Guide" is probably the better choice (it doesn't get to specifics about basic set-up until P. 58). On the other hand, the pictured "Pocket Guide" may have smaller print, longer paragraphs, and fewer pictures, but it tries to get you off and running with a discussion of the procedure for set-up on P. 2. If you're impatient to actually use the machine, and if your vision is fairly close to normal, Carlson's "Pocket Guide" is the more attractive if not logical choice.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Perfect Short Guide for iPad Sept. 10 2010
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Published on
Format: Paperback
It has been said many times already, but it's worth repeating: iPad is one of the most revolutionary devices that has come around in years. On the surface it seem like a cross between a tablet PC, a net book and an iPod, but comparing it to any one of these other devices doesn't do the full justice. iPad is truly revolutionizing how we approach the use of computers, and it is bound to have an impact on all of the other computing devices. iPad is an always-on, easily accessible and intuitive computing platform. Even though the ease of use is one of its hallmarks, if you have never used an iPod or an iPhone you may have some initial difficulties with using it.

This short pocket guide aims to take away the mystery behind iPad and help you make the most of it. The guide is written in an extremely accessible and to-the-point style, and from the very outset it takes you straight to the actual demonstrations of how to achieve certain actions on your iPad. It helps you navigate the plethora of settings and adjustment options, and tries to make sense of them. This is in fact one of the books's greatest strengths - it is not just a bag of tricks, but a clear and lucid explanation of the rationale behind every design option on your iPad (both hardware and software). Even seasoned iPhone and iPad users will find many valuable tips and insights, and the book is a valuable reference for the long term use.

I also enjoyed the format of the book. As the name suggests, it is rather small but I would still not attempt to put it in my pocket. The illustrations, although small, are very clear and help to illustrate all the relevant material. It is a very intuitive guide for a very intuitive device.

As a side note, I have written this entire review on my iPad. I still don't use it as a full-fledged laptop replacement (nor was it meant to be used that way), but with addition of an external keyboard it can go a long way of meeting most of your daily productivity needs.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An excellent guide for the iPad owner Aug. 6 2010
By Tom Negrino - Published on
Format: Paperback
The iPad is nothing like most other portable computers, and there are plenty of ins and outs to learn to use it to its best potential. Carlson covers the basics and more advanced topics in a clean, easy-to-understand style. He obviously knows his stuff (he was one of the first journalists to ever see an iPad in person), and his expertise comes through loud and clear. If you need to know how to use the iPad and its apps, this is a great, quick read that not only covers the basics, but gives you the tips and tricks that will bring you a long ways towards becoming an iPad expert. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Helpful and timesaving hints April 20 2011
By Morty Fink - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm rapidly becoming an iPad junkie and this easy to read book has certainly helped. Some tips and shortcuts I would have never thought of by myself. Get it. You won't be sorry.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The iPad Pocket Guide Nov. 24 2010
By Dr. Andrew Ritz - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Absolutely fantastic. If you own an iPad this book is so much more informative than the guide contained in the iPad Safari software. In fact, after I read it I was actually sharing some pearls of wisdom to the Apple employees at the Genius Bar!