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Bartending: Memoirs of an Apple Genius Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 133 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RPJMFK
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I purchased the ePub version of this book over the Easter weekend for $8.99 (the original asking price on Amazon), and while it's interesting to a point it's also extremely short, coming in around 47 pages. The author reduced the price to $4.99 which is easier to swallow given the extremely short length of the book, but even after a 45% price drop this is still more of a $2.99 read in my opinion.

Edit: Looks like he's finally dropped it to $2.99 which is where it should have been from day one. Regardless of the price it's just not a good book though, it's not even a book really, it's more like a long pamphlet.

The book is basically a collection of short 2-3 page anecdotes from the author's time as an Apple Store genius from 2006 - 2008. The stories are somewhat interesting but nothing shocking or particularly revealing. Mostly along the lines of "one day, a customer came in with such and such problem" type stories. Don't expect any sort of behind the scenes revelations (except what the Genius room looks like in the back of the store), just a recounting of various events during the job. You don't really get a sense of what it's like to work at an Apple store, you just get an idea of the sort of technical issues they need to address on a day to day basis. The stories don't contain much depth, and being so brief it would be hard to provide any. I kept waiting for the stories to get really interesting, but they never really did. It seemed to me that this was the best the author could come up with and that there wasn't much else to say.

When the author begins the book asking several questions that he feels might typically be asked of a former Apple Store employee (Did you get free stuff? Did you know about products before they were announced?
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Very much overpriced at $4.99. A 30-minute read of short anecdotes. If you've ever worked in a technology support role or sat down at the Genius Bar appointment for an hour listening to the other customers' woes around you, you've already heard what this book will tell you. It's not poorly written, just very short and not particularly insightful.
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Great stories that Apple fans would appreciate, but $8.99 is too much for only 47 pages. The pricepoint needs to be lower, under $5 would work well for Kindle copies. $2.99 or $3.99 would work well here.
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First of all, this book is short... WAY too short of $9. I could forgive this, if it were a good solid read. Now I might be a little biased as a former Apple Genius myself, but many of the anecdotes here are just mean. I have been in those trenches myself, his experiences are full of bitterness toward the entire apple world. That said, the book is poorly written (or should I say edited?). Many redundancies and grammatical errors. The biggest offense, however, there is no point. He offers these little stories up, insults a few people then moves on. There doesn't seem to be an arch in his experience. No learning or growing or changing. No adventure. Maybe these stories seem boring to me because I lived them, but maybe they are just boring.
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Slightly interesting, but way too expensive for 50 pages. About $8 too much. even top selling authors don't charge that much for a hard cover, let alone a ebook.
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35 minute read.. No point, no story, just a few minutes of internal laughing. 5.00 is ridiculous and shows how people scam off the success of Apple by throwing their name out there
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Let's put aside the outrageous price for what amounts to less than 50 pages. If the content was worth it, I'd pay. But here, the writing is uninteresting and uninformative, unless you want to read about the author's self-aggrandizement as he recounts cliche tales of his time as an Apple retail technician. I can't remember the last memoir/autobiography I read where I disliked the author more.

The low point of the book arrives when the author is approached by a fellow employee who asks him a tech question about the amount of RAM in an iPod Touch. The employee mistakenly calls the device an iTouch, and the author proudly recounts how he openly embarrassed her in front of customers. "Elizabeth," says the author, "it's an 'iPod touch.' Not 'iTouch.' Get it right, please." The author caps off the story by quoting another customer who calls the fellow employee a "real bitch."

Most of the book is set in this tone, and it's all one or two steps short of a Nick Burns, Computer Guy sketch on SNL.
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As a reader of Stephen's blog for a few months now, I was excited to hear that he had a book coming out about his time as an Apple Genius. His writing is always entertaining, and I know he really appreciates his audience. So after signing up as a member on his site last week, I got an email saying I could get a copy of his book early. I obviously jumped at the chance.

Now, I'm not saying the book isn't fun to read (minus a few glaring typos), just that there simply isn't enough here to warrant the current price. Like others have said, it's basically a collection of blog post-length anecdotes about people that have come in and the ridiculous issues they had with their Apple products. A drop to the $6 price point or lower would definitely make me feel less like I paid for the same amount of enjoyment I'd get on reddit reading an AMA by someone who works in IT.
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