Engineering & Transportation
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

iPad 2: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) Paperback – December 3, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1449316167 ISBN-10: 1449316166 Edition: Third Edition

12 New from $2.59 51 Used from $0.01
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$2.59 $0.01

There is a newer edition of this item:

Best%20Books%20of%202014

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Have the next big idea for a movie? Submit a 2-15 min. concept video to Amazon Studios for a chance to have your movie made. Learn more.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Shop the new tech.book(store)
New! Introducing the tech.book(store), a hub for Software Developers and Architects, Networking Administrators, TPMs, and other technology professionals to find highly-rated and highly-relevant career resources. Shop books on programming and big data, or read this week's blog posts by authors and thought-leaders in the tech industry. > Shop now

Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (December 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316167
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

J.D. Biersdorfer is the best-selling author of iPad: The Missing Manual, Best iPhone Apps (Second Edition), Netbooks: The Missing Maunal, and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book. She is the co-author of iPod: The Missing Manual, Google: The Missing Manual (Second Edition), iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual, and The Internet: The Missing Manual. She has authored the weekly technology column "Q&A" for the New York Times since 1998 and often writes about art, books, and design for other sections of The Times. J.D. also co-hosts the independent Pop Tech Jam audio podcast, which explores current events in the world of technology and geek culture.


More About the Author

After studying drama by day and working for the campus newspaper by night when I was at Indiana University, I moved to to New York on the Greyhound bus when I was 22, figuring I'd crash the theater and get a job right off as a prop tart making stuff for Broadway musicals. That didn't exactly work out, but I took a sideways bounce into the world of publishing. I've worked around the city at several magazines and now I write the weekly computer Q&A column for The New York Times.

I did make it to Broadway, though -- just hailed a cab there last night.

Customer Reviews

She has found it very easy to follow.
Charles R. Mcintosh
As a new Apple user, this book really helped me get started in using my new iPad 2.
J. Straub
I have always been a huge fan of THe Missing Manual series.
Frank Beckendorf

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By gdette on December 8, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book, just updated for the new iOS 5, is a huge help for a new iPad owner. I'm new to Apple, period, so using the iPad was not as intuitive as it would perhaps be for someone who has owned another Apple product. I had already downloaded and tried plodding through the official Apple version of the user manual, but that manual is so poorly organized and written a bit too technically, that I was feeling like I would need a printed out version to make sense of it.

I just started this "Missing Manual" today and already, I'm doing keyboard shortcuts, know easier ways to deal with open apps, etc. The manual can be read chapter by chapter in the order written, but I've already jumped around a little bit to find my subjects of interest.

I don't know if this manual would be considered too simplistic for someone who is already familiar with the iPad 1 or Apple products in general. But for a newbie, this is the manual to own. The publisher has a website where you can register your book and check for errors and updates, or else contribute those you find. This means that future editions will be corrected and improved based on reader input too.

I'm hoping that someday most of what's in this manual will be second nature to me. In the meantime, it's a great road map!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Mcintosh on January 14, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I primarily bought the book for my wife. She has found it much easier to use the iPad after reading some of the book. She is still in the process of reading the rest of the book, but she says it has made a great difference in using the iPad. She has found it very easy to follow. I also have read the book and it has helped me to master some of the finer points of the iPad.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Farley on March 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have used these books in the past with great success. They are easy to understand and use. I got the Kindle edition because of the price but I really think I would have been happier with a book that I could hold in my hand. I do enjoy reading fiction on my iPad but I find it a bit more difficult to find specific information with the digital format. I'm just old and used to researching with a book I can hold in my hand. Aside from this I really do recommend this series to anyone needing to learn a new system of product.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S L Laukka on March 28, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'll admit, I'm not a techie person. I bought an ipad largely based on Apple's user-friendly, reliable, intuitive reputation, but it wasn't intuitive enough for me and was becoming a VERY expensive way to play tetris-like games. So I bought this Missing Manual book. Unfortunately, the author is totally in tune (synced?) with the ipad method of information organization. What you want to know could be over here, over there, 3 levels down, 2 levels up, or 6 steps sideways. For example, on p 5, where we're supposedly learning how to turn it on and set it up, we get referred to p 136 on how to sign in; we're supposed to set up our icloud, but won't be told anything about it until chapter 16; we're supposed to make decisions about how to set up an email account - or not - but that info doesn't show up until chapter 5; and we can hit the "start using ipad" button, but we won't be told what that does until chapter 6.

Another example: P. 275 has a big heading "Automatically Download Photos with Photo Stream." There are 2-1/2 lines below it, which don't really explain it, but tell you to see Chapter 16 and page 294 for details. So what was the purpose of the big heading! These aren't isolated examples. Everyplace I looked referred me to someplace else, which referred me to someplace else, etc. Maybe it's a function of my age, but I like to get a foundation of knowledge and build cohesively on it. This "grabbing factoids" here and there, and hoping my brain can assemble it usefully, doesn't work for me. A glossary would have been helpful. This book has a nice index and I suspect it would be a very helpful reference book to someone who understands the ipad better than I do, but it wasn't very helpful in teaching me how to use it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on February 20, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is my first Apple product or touch screen application. This book has provided a world of shortcuts and solutions to problems I had in trying to figure out the IPAD2. This book explains in plain English which type of earbuds are the best to hear stereo music, how to arrange your home screens, how to get more out of the Maps feature, making play lists, you name it & you can find it in this book.

The best part is that it easy to understand - no techno-geek language and easy to use.
I would recommend this book to anyone who knows that their IPAD must do more than what you can figure out - and as you might be able to tell, I'm not one who reads manuals - even if one had come with the IPAD2.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Beckendorf on February 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have always been a huge fan of THe Missing Manual series. Pogue and his fellow writers never fail to give us a terrific read and buy. This book is no different. Where does all the magic come from these authors? Who picks them? If Pogue does it, he does a great job!

This title had over 200 features to the operating system that is a must to master. The book includes the new features as well as the ones retained. It even dwells into the good apps to get. Games, books, videos and music all all there. At only $24.99, this is a steal.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?