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iPad: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) Paperback – April 30, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1449316181 ISBN-10: 1449316182 Edition: Fourth Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fourth Edition edition (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316181
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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

Some can say that the iPad transcends the need for a user manual.
Will Kelly
The material is well written and easy to understand, even by the tech neophytes.
Diana S. Cason
Anytime I had a question I always was able to find the answer in this book.
Carol

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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By SKC on May 19, 2012
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I am not great at writing book reviews but I'm going to try with this book. I bought my first iPad two months ago (3rd generation) and I was reassured at the time that it was an "intuitive product" and very easy to learn all the details as I went along. What my Son, daughter-in-law and 3 grandsons didn't know was that for me "intuitive" was not good enough. Sure, I could turn my iPad on, adjust the volume on a video, make pages larger or smaller, search the net (Safari), buy some interesting apps and load up on some free ones.

But how do I lock the screen so it stays horizontal, not vertical? I bought a Brookstone keyboard and iPad cover (LOVE IT) to use for typing letters and documents so I want to decide where my screen stays. And now that I have 200 fun apps how do I organize them into folders on my home page so I don't have to spend 5 minutes figuring out what page to scroll to for "photography" apps or where all the "Blog" pages are (yes, I have them divided by politics (conservative, libertarian, liberal). And I have Blogs that are economic, house related, entertainment, games, medical, financial, etc. and they have their own sub-folders in the main folder. Organized for my convenience thanks to this book and one other "My iPad." And thanks to these two books I can actually learn at my pace what I want and need to know.

This book is well written, explains things easily and the author has a wonderful sense of humor. TY for writing this book!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Harper on June 5, 2012
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This is a superbly written and illustrated operation manual that covers the three versions of the iPad now available. The easy style of writing together with easily understood and well-explained steps, methods, and hints make it a pleasure to read and quickly acquaints the reader with the many functions, features and shortcuts that increase the enjoyment of using this terrific device. Worth every penny of the price. Get this book first so that you won't miss anything when you setup your new iPad.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Will Kelly on August 24, 2012
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Some can say that the iPad transcends the need for a user manual. While I want to agree, iPad: The Missing Manual is a great book for iPad users looking for an overall reference or those that want to fill in some of their knowledge gaps and learn something new that they may have missed in their tinkering with the tablet.

The book is a good soup to nuts introduction to the iPad with the first three chapters covering the basics of iPad setup, a tour of the iPad's major parts, and the basics of interacting with the iPad. Chapter 3 is a must read for new iPad users who may not be familiar with finger moves and gestures. More experienced iPad users should get something out the chapter's coverage of using voice and using keyboards for interaction and inputting information.

Chapter 4 is another standout part of this book especially for readers who may not be as familiar with iPad online options like cellular and Wi-Fi especially if they aren't a longtime iPad owner lucky enough to be grandfathered into an unlimited data plan. The one thing missing in the chapter is how to monitor your data plan usage, something a newly minted first time iPad owner is going to have to get familiar with real quick if they want to use cellular data and not break the bank.

The rest of the book does a solid job at covering web surfing, using email and messaging, productivity and organizations, and shopping in the App Store. There is also extensive coverage of reading iBooks, music, videos, iTunes, and synchronization with iCloud.

The book ends out with an appendix about troubleshooting and care information.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eric Carlson on June 9, 2012
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Another great book in the Missing Manual series. They tell you everything you need to know to get your iPad up and running (and a lot more), and make it fun to read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kim on September 24, 2012
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Can't find ANY reference to "archives", what it is, what it's for, how to access it...
Don't like the breezy "funny" style of writing.
Too much emphasis on iTunes and games.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank on July 1, 2012
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Being a new iPad user, I felt some type of manual would be helpful. I have purchased "Missing Manual" for other products and thought this would fit my needs. What I learned was that the iPad3 is very intuitive and a great deal can be learned simply by "jumping in" and playing around. While I learned more on my own, the iPad Missing Manual was helpful with little tricks and tips you are likely not to learn on your own. All in all, worth the expense.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana S. Cason on May 30, 2012
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The material is well written and easy to understand, even by the tech neophytes. I refer to this little book regularly as I get to know my iPad.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ken on May 21, 2012
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Bought an iPad 3. Needed a users manual. Tried to order. Got a message from Amazon that it was not yet released. It needed to be specific to iPad 3. What we got was a quick redo of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 book. Very little re new IOS and demise of MobilMe/force to Cloud. An out of date repackaging. This author is always smartmouthed but this is a quick make a buck make-over. NOT worth the money. Go to Apple for the users manual.
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