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CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse (Books for Professionals by Professionals) Paperback – October 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1430231806 ISBN-10: 1430231807 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430231807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430231806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,214,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Trautschold is the founder and chief executive officer of Made Simple Learning, a leading provider of Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry and Palm webOS books and video tutorials. He has been a successful entrepreneur in the mobile device training and software business since 2001. With Made Simple Learning, he has been helping to train thousands of BlackBerry users with short, to-the-point video tutorials. He has now co-authored 15 Made Simple guide books. Martin also co-founded, ran for three years, then sold a mobile device software company. Prior to this, Martin spent 15 years in technology and business consulting in the U.S. and Japan. He holds an engineering degree from Princeton University and a master's in business administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Martin and his wife, Julia, have three daughters. Martin enjoys rowing and cycling. He can be reached at martin@madesimplelearning.com.

Kevin Michaluk is founder and community manager of CrackBerry.com, the most-visited BlackBerry community site on the web. He received his first BlackBerry phone while working for CanWest Global, a media company, and has been a BlackBerry addict ever since. Kevin graduated from the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba with numerous business plan competition awards and accolades, including the Asper School of Business Academic Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gary Mazo is vice president of Made Simple Learning and is a writer, a college professor, a gadget nut and an ordained rabbi. Gary joined Made Simple Learning in 2007 and has co-authored the last 13 books in the Made Simple series. Along with Martin and Kevin Michaluk from CrackBerry.com, Gary co-wrote CrackBerry: True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse a book about BlackBerry addiction and how to get a grip on one's BlackBerry use. Gary also teaches writing, philosophy, technical writing and more at the University of Phoenix. Gary is a regular contributor to CrackBerry.com, writing product reviews and adding editorial content. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Brandeis University. Gary earned his master's in Hebrew letters as well as ordination as rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served congregations in Dayton, Ohio, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Gary is married to Gloria Schwartz Mazo and between them, they have six children. Gary can be reached at: gary@madesimplelearning.com.

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This is a must read if you are a BlackBerry user(abuser).
Mike
This book is a "must have" for all BlackBerry (CrackBerry) users, and one of the funniest books I have read in a long time.
Jason Eckert
If you or someone you know has a Blackberry, the book is a must read.
Susan Stinnett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Exline on December 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
My name is Josh, and I am a Crackberry Addict. I realized I was an addict, literally, within 24 hours of getting my Blackberry as a Christmas gift last year (2007.) This year, I received this book as a Christmas gift to supplement my addiction and help me learn to cope and, so far, it has absolutely done the job.

If you're an addict, have a family member who's an addict, have a friend who's an addict, etc you NEED to buy this book. It should be on your Amazon Wishlist with priority set to "HIGHEST."

It's funny, insightful and VERY useful. Tongue in cheek and serious all at the same time it is an absolute MUST BUY/MUST READ for anybody who's every even associated with somebody who owns and uses a Blackberry.

Stop wasting time and order it. NOW.

You won't regret it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Stinnett on December 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
WOW! What an eye opener this book is. I read the "Chart of Shame" to my family and they said "that's Granny" to almost every one of them. I was even guilty of checking messages at Church. Since I am Sue, who wrote about the car accident in the book, I realized after reading it that I need to change my priorities. This book is funny, it makes you see yourself the way others do and yet doesn't take away the joy of being a Crackberry Addict. If you or someone you know has a Blackberry, the book is a must read. I had someone ask for help in writing a term paper on Blackberry users and I told him the one thing he needed was this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Eckert on December 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a "must have" for all BlackBerry (CrackBerry) users, and one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. If you have panicked after realizing that your BlackBerry is not at your side, or if you frequently check your BlackBerry in public, at dinner, in the car, or in bed, this book is for you.

Through funny real-life stories and a 12-step BlackBerry addict program theme, you will learn why BlackBerry smartphones are more addictive than other smartphones, how this addiction changes our behavior in weird and crazy ways, and how to keep it under control (if you want to).

After reading this book, you will love your BlackBerry even more, but with a healthier mindset - think of it as the Zen of BlackBerry.
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A must-read for every BlackBerry user! As an avid BlackBerry user, I saw myself described in each and every page of this book and, had it not been for the insightful knowledge that the authors impart, I would still be blind to what a BlackBerry addict I really am! Good for a chuckle at yourself, too!
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This book shares experiences of BlackBerry users and is insightful and helpful in lessening BlackBerry addiction. Parts of the book are hilarious, and it should help bring BlackBerry users together. But would have liked there to have been more detail about the BlackBerry's inception and evolution.
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By Mike on April 3, 2011
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This is a must book for all of us that cannot put our BlackBerries down. What an eye opener for me, didn't realize I was abusing that badly. Found myself several times in the book in the testimonials that were pictured through the book. This is a must read if you are a BlackBerry user(abuser).
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