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iPad: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) Paperback – December 13, 2012

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ISBN-13: 978-1449325565 ISBN-10: 1449325564 Edition: Fifth Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fifth Edition edition (December 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449325564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449325565
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By W. Hohenschuh on December 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Whether you're still considering becoming an iPad owner for the first time, have just broken the seal on your newest iDevice, or have had your new iPad for a few months and would consider yourself to be something of an apple genius, this book has something to offer you.

I probably would have thrown myself in that third category (somewhere beyond basic competence), but then again I thought that about my iPhone proficiency before checking out its missing manual (iPhone: The Missing Manual) and ended up learning how to use features I didn't even know existed. So I assumed that I probably didn't know as much as I thought about the iPad and picked this guide up. That assumption turned out to be very right.

This book is the most comprehensive guide for the new iPad that I've ever picked up. It covers virtually everything you'd need to know from the time you take the iPad out of the box through the day you restore its factory settings and sell it to the kid down the street. The Missing Manual is broken in 16 chapters which seem to flow logically from an overview of the iPad and how to interact with it (a nice beginner level introduction that makes the book approachable for even the most novice iPad user), to getting online (and everything that comes with it like messaging and email), to working with apps (both built in and selected third party apps), to music and iTunes, and finally to taking, editing, and sharing photos and videos. There's also a quick chapter on using iCloud to back up your data and two appendices that look at general settings and troubleshooting your iPad.
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Apple has unbelievably sold more than one hundred million iPads, however, as the case with most computer products today, you won't find a printed comprehensive manual included with your purchase of this fantastic tablet, although you will find a little card that is difficult to read with little information. We all know how frustrating and time consuming it can be when we don't have a friendly manual to refer to and this is why O'Reilly Media has come to our rescue with J.D. Biersdorfer's iPad the missing manual (5th edition).

Biersdorfer is a New York Times columnist and the bestselling author of previous editions of iPad The Missing Manual as well as other Missing Manuals.

With this informative guidebook readers will now be able to easily find numerous fascinating iPad features which are conveniently organized by task and topic spread over seventeen chapters and 2 appendices which concern settings and troubleshooting.

Topics covered include setting up and touring the iPad, interacting, getting online, surfing, keeping in touch with email and messaging, organizing apps, purchasing from the App store, reading iBooks and ePeriodicals, game playing, getting productive with iWork, syncing and sharing media files, mastering iTunes, managing and playing music and other audio, watching creating, and editing videos, view. Shooting, editing and managing photos, backing up and syncing with iCloud.

Throughout the book the author employs a short hand system for part of her instructions keeping the manual user friendly and helping you get the most from the manual. There are also references to websites that offer additional information and resources.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By L. F. Smith VINE VOICE on December 18, 2012
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Techno-geezers will remember that there once was a time when you opened up the box containing a new device, and you found a comprehensive, well-written instruction manual. Those days are gone forever, and today, we're lucky if we get a tiny quick-start card that doesn't contain much more than the link to a downloadable manual-- which might cost us $10 worth of ink to print.

The thing is, we still need those manuals, and the "missing manual" series of books fills that need. This book is an excellent addition to that series.

It is by far the the most readable and most comprehensive guide for the new iPad that I've seen. It's not easy to write documentation that meets both of those criteria, but J.D. Biersdorfer does it. Everything you'll need to know-- from the moment you open your new iPad's box to that moment you hope you never experience when it appears to be dead-- is here. And it's all written in clear English and illustrated with screen shots. The material is arranged in a very logical order. I can't think of a single thing I wished were in the book, or a single thing that I wished were left out.

I own a first-generation iPad, so I'm very familiar with the basic operations of the device. However, the new iPad is several evolutionary steps beyond that machine. If you have the same experience I had with this book, there's something about the iPad or IOS 6 on nearly every page that you'll be surprised and happy to find out about. It's best to read the book with your iPad powered up so you can try the settings and operations you're reading about.

I own several other "missing manual" books, and this one meets or exceeds the standards the rest of the series sets. My bottom line: If you want a comprehensive yet readable guide to your new iPad, you can't possibly do any better than this book.
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