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iBook Fan Book: Smart and Beautiful to Boot 1st Edition

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About the Author

Derrick Story has more than 25 years as a photojournalist, including serving as managing editor for O'Reilly Network. He speaks at technology conferences including Macworld, PMA, PhotoPlus, and Santa Fe Workshops. He is the author of Digital Photography Hacks, Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 3rd Ed., The Digital Photography Companion, and his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers. He coauthored iPhoto: The Missing Manual with David Pogue.

Derrick likes to keep his shooting skills sharp by running his photography business, Story Photography. You can listen to his photo podcasts and read his tips at The Digital Story ( and follow him on Twitter. Aperture fans might want to check out his co-authored video training on Aperture 2 Essential Training.


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Product Details

  • Series: Ibook Fan Books
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596008619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596008611
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.3 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,987,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Derrick Story is a photographer, writer, and teacher. He's authored many books including the "The Digital Photography Companion" and "The Digital Photography Pocket Guide." Derrick's video tutorials are available through, featuring Aperture, iPhoto, and general photography titles. His photo articles are a regular staple for Macworld Magazine and TechHive.

Derrick runs a virtual camera club at, featuring weekly photography podcasts, reader-submitted photos, reviews, and pro tips.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John A. Suda VINE VOICE on December 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you can get someone else to buy your son or daughter, your sister or Grandma, an iBook from Apple, then you can buy the perfect stocking-stuffer for that lucky person - the" iBook Fan Book" by Derrick Story. This is a little 6 by 6 inch square, thin white volume which mimics the look of the iBook itself and is designed to provide a gentle introduction to the iBook.

The basic approach of this book is to provide just the amount of information and guidance needed to get a new iBook owner up to speed in using it and getting comfortable with it. It does not cover all you can know about the iBook or the Mac OSX operating system and applications. There are other books available for that, including many published by the same publisher of this book, O'Reilly Media, Inc. Each of them is noted in this book as additional resources for those who want more in-depth information and guidance.

This book is designed to point out (to primarily non-techie types), for example, what the ports on the sides of the iBook are for, how to select a carrying case for the unit, how to clean it and care for it, and more importantly, how to configure it to do the things most people want to do. Those things include personalizing the System Preferences to make the iBook work space reflect the personality and work habits of the owner.

IBook owners, like most Mac owners, are likely to have special relationships with their machines. They like to personalize it and organize it to allow them to do what they really bought the computer for - to listen to music, view photos, make movies, surf the web, and send email. It becomes less of a tool and more like a friend.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on December 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is compact and short introduction to the hardware and the operating system of the iBook. The hardware section covers both the hardware you get in the box and the third party stuff you can add on later. On the software side Derrick does a good job walking through the basics of the operating system as well as pointing to good third party software.

Definitely a good book for first time Mac owners, or people looking for a gift for first time owners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Arnold on January 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Since I just purchased a new 12 inch iBook, this little 6 inch by 6 inch book has been a big help to me in getting it personalized. Although the operating manual that comes in the box does a good job of explaining how to get started, it does not cover the iBook the way Derrick Story does. He focuses on the things that you need to know so you can start feeling comfortable and bond with your new computer. He does not go into detail explaining all that the iBook can do; however, he does mention books and web sites where you can get additional information. The introduction does a great job of covering how to get connected by explaining what the ports on the left side are for. It also covers some keyboard highlights that I found helpful.

Chapter one explains how to maintain and protect your expensive machine and shows some very useful accessories. The next chapter covers the system preferences where Story makes recommendations and shows you where to set the controls to help you personalize your iBook. He also covers the preferences for connecting to the internet, surfing Safari, getting mail, and using iChat. Chapter 3 covers organizing you life with Address Book, iCal, and Stickies and offers many helpful hints. The next chapter introduces iPhoto, iTunes, and iMovie with some very helpful tips that will enhance your digital life. The last chapter shows some of the author's favorite accessories, many of which he owns and uses himself. In addition to an explanation of each accessory, he also provides an approximate cost and a source for purchase.

This book is small but it is packed with helpful tips and useful information. The author's style is easy to follow and the examples are in color. It is one of those books that is hard to put down without reading it from cover to cover.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Woolley on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Recently I bought an old G3 iBook with Mac OS X (Panther) on it from a friend. I already had some knowledge of Apple laptops -- but not much.

What did I expect from this book?

I was hoping this book would

* teach me a few things I didn't know about the iBook.

* help me get more comfortable using the iBook.

This book doesn't pretend to cover all the details, and I didn't expect it to. Rather it aims to tell you what you need to know.

I thought this book would be only marginally applicable to an old iBook like the one I have.

What did I especially like?

Layout and Graphics: The layout of this book and the graphics are superb. This is appropriate for a book about something as fine as the iBook.

Bonding: I hadn't expected the encouragement I got to bond with my iBook. It turns out that helping the reader to bond with his/her iBook is the heart of the book's purpose. The book does a really good job of this, especially in the Introduction.

Keys: I learned some useful keys.

System Preferences: I especially liked the tour of System Preferences. Mostly I left things the way my friend had set them up. However I did change a few things including

* the alert sound

* the date format

* the desktop background

Accessories: Many of the accessories described are enticing. I appreciated being introduced to them.

Applied to my laptop: I had expected that much of the information in this book would not apply to my somewhat dated G3 iBook. So far everything I've tried has worked. How very nice.

Now that I think of it, my iBook itself is old but the OS on it is not so old.
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