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My New iPad 2: A User's Guide 1st Edition

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About the Author

Wallace Wang is the author of numerous best-selling computer books including Steal This Computer Book, Steal This File Sharing Book, My New Mac, and The Book of Nero (all No Starch Press). He is also a successful standup comic who has appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appears regularly at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Product Details

  • Series: My New
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (June 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159327386X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593273866
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love computers but I hate complexity. That's why I specialize in making complicated topics easier to understand. My computer books tackle a variety that include Microsoft Office and computer programming. Besides my many computer books, I've also written books on non-computer topics such as stock investing and screenwriting. When not writing books, I also perform stand-up comedy so I can bring a humorous touch to my explanation of complicated topics so they're easier to learn.

In the stand-up comedy world, I've been performing stand-up comedy for over 20 years, having appeared on A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and SiTV's "Latino Laugh Festival" along with appearing at the Riviera Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Currently I'm focusing my comedic writing skills towards occasional comedy performances but mostly towards screenwriting. You can read my screenwriting blog at The 15 Minute Movie Method ( I've collected the best ideas from my screenwriting blog and condensed them into an e-book also called "The 15-Minute Movie Method," which is available as an e-book.

In 1992, I got my first cat and after reading a basic cat care book, I found that none of the advice offered had any basis in reality for dealing with the quirks and whims of a real cat. Based on that experience, I wrote a parody of a cat care book called "How to Live with a Cat (When You Really Don't Want To)." This book is now available as an e-book and I also run a blog called Cat Daily News ( where I collect interesting cat news from around the Internet.

In the teaching world, I've taught at community colleges around San Diego as well as teaching at the University of Zimbabwe in Africa. Currently I teach an online Microsoft Word and OS X/iOS programming course through a company called Ed2Go.

In the writing world, I've written for several magazines including Computer Power User (CPU), Boardwatch Magazine, and Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities. I also write a weekly Macintosh column in an online computer magazine called ComputorEdge ( In addition, I've ghost written several books for real estate experts, stock day trading specialists, and network marketing millionaires. In 2008, I helped San Diego State University's film department win their first student Emmy when they filmed my sitcom pilot, "Three of a Kind," which is about three generations of couples forced to live in the same house without driving each other crazy from their different points of view on everything.

In the game designing world, I've created and published a game in 1983 called "Orbit War," which was published by Steve Jackson Games (the game is now out of print). The game simulated low orbital combat between satellites.

I'm interested in always learning something new and combining my various skills and experience to help others understand changing technology. To keep up with my random thoughts concerning advice I wish someone had given me, you can read my personal blog at

My latest interest involves creating interactive e-books, so I also run another web site called The Electronic Author ( where I give tips for how others can publish e-books inexpensively and maximize their profits. Since printed books cost so much to make, ship, and store, and bookstores are fading from relevance faster than the latest reality TV star, you can see that the future of printed books is about as promising as Kim Kardashian suddenly deciding to go to college and earn a Ph.D. in nuclear physics.

With all my books I strive to simplify complex topics in a fun way that everyone can enjoy. Life is too short to remain mentally stagnant, so keep learning and striving for your goals, and I'll be happy to help through my books so you can reach your dreams.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
The "My New" series is designed for non-technical beginning users who need some hand-holding in confronting their new device. "My New iPad" is a perfect book for someone who has never used in iPad or iPhone and needs to be taught the very basics. Although the book claims intermediate users can learn tips and tricks, the book was too simplistic to be of any value to experienced users.

For the beginning, readers will find just the information they need to get up and running. Although the book is a thick 350 or so pages, it's a very quick read and includes a large number of pictures for reference purposes and learning about your iPad without actually having an iPad in front of you.

Instead of focusing on every feature, the book covers those features the average new user would be interested in. The books starts at the beginning: how to turn the iPad off and on. Instead of a list of every feature of every setting in alphabetical order, the presentation is based on how a user first approaches their iPad. First they turn it on, then customize it, then they get on the Internet and go from there. The last chapters focus on more advanced topics such as moving Microsoft Office docs to and from your iPad and suggested apps (although the app suggestions are extremely outdated). In the middle is a focus on practical aspects of iPad use - less about what an app does, and more how to integrate that app into your daily usage.

Overall, this book is great for a beginner to the iOS platform as well as the iPad user who bought one and quite can't figure out the best way to use it.

Pros: Well-illustrated with clear examples on usage, focuses on the features of the iPad the average user would be interested in a logical order
Cons: Simplistic for iPad users already comfortable with the device
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Devin B. King on July 19, 2011
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My New iPad 2: A User's Guide from No Starch Press, is the latest book in the "My New" series by best-selling author and standup comic Wallace Wang.

My New iPad 2 is written in an approachable, friendly, and organized manner. The book takes the user on a 263 page step-by-step journey from the basics of simply turning on the iPad to battery conservation, customizing, controlling, managing, organizing, and general troubleshooting. Every chapter is filled with colorful screenshots and illustrations. The book never gets too technical or tiring to read.

Every App that is included with the iPad 2 is covered in just enough detail. You come away with a feeling that you have gained a confident familiarity with the applications that Apple provides with the iPad 2.

As the lessons wind down, Mr. Wang guides you through the wonderful Accessibility features that Apple provides and then goes on to offer the reader some solid choices on apps to install on their new iPad.

Throughout the book, tips are featured within most topics. For example, I learned that the scrubbing rate can be set by holding your finger over the Playhead slider until the Hi-Speed Scrubbing bar appears. Now, slide your finger down the the screen and the scrubbing speed choices change to Half Speed then Quarter Speed and then finally to Fine scrubbing.

The book closes with a useful chapter on troubleshooting. I would like to have seen Mr. Wang include instructions on rebooting the device. He explains how to restart the iPad but stops just short of providing the bonus tip of rebooting. To reboot your ipad, hold down the On/Off button and Home button at the same time. When you see the red slider, ignore it. Continue to hold down the On/Off and Home buttons until you see the Apple logo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anita J. Davison on December 12, 2011
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I am an 82 year old who loves all the new electronic things but I do not have the background that the young people have. I learn better with manuals and this one is a perfect step by step one and it helps me to enjoy my I PAD 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kavanagh on July 20, 2011
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My New iPad 2 is such a pleasure to read!
Easy to follow, which makes it quick to learn.
And no excessive wordage or redundancy make this book great.

Most importantly My New iPad 2 de-mystifies the process of copying settings, contacts, music,
photos, apps, and more from iTunes on your computer to your iPad.
Very helpful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Bellamy on June 30, 2011
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This was a fun and informative book to read - it handles all the basics for the new user but there is always something new you can pick up - just off the top of my head: how to get foreign letters on the keyboard, changing your sleep settings, handling photos, contacts, iBooks, videos, calendars, maps, etc.Have you ever searched you iPad with spotlight? Did you even know you could? So, this is an attractive and well laid out book which doesn't go into the dark depths of what you can do with the iPad but has something for nearly every iPad user.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 8, 2010
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My New iPad 2 is a fine guide for getting the most from the iPad 2 and provides a step-by-step coverage for all the basics, from using the Maps app and the iPad calendar to setting up email accounts, using FaceTime to talk face-to-face, and setting passwords, controls and more. Any with a new iPad 2 will find this the manual that 'should be in the box'.
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Sometimes people like a "how to" book to go along with their new technology. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. But in this case, I found My New iPad helpful, particularly since some of the touch interface features are subtle or hidden. My thoughts:

__The Good:__
* Absolutely comprehensive. Covers everything about the iPad in specific detail. Doesn't assume you have had an iPhone or touch device before. See the Table of Contents for how crazy-detailed this book is.

* Goes in a logical order. There was only 1 time where the author mentioned something (I think it was a reference to using email) that hadn't been described in the book up to that point. But it was eventually covered.

* The sections on Safari are really strong. There are a lot of subtle and/or hidden interface components to Safari and this book uneaths them all.

* The map chapter very helpful - some of the touch interface tricks there are the biggest changes from iPhone and I appreciated the detail.

__Things I'd Change:__
* I'd like to see the screenshots annotated - even if only with arrows. Sometimes there is an interface element, even after Wang has told you where it is and described it, that I had a little difficulty locating on the screenshot. A big arrow would be helpful.

* Sometimes there is a weirdly pedantic tone - like don't use the iPad outside b/c you may be staring at it and not notice thieves approaching to grab your iPad. If you need that kind of advice you may not be ready for an iPad.

* Wang does include a few app recommendations at the end of the book. But I would have liked to see these interspersed in relevant places in the book as well as at the end. Also, I would love a link to where he keeps an up to date list of his app recos.
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