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on April 29, 2012
I guess for those who don't have much in the way of computer skills, this book might be useful, but for me, it didn't contain anything I didn't already know.
But I didn't buy it for me. After upgrading myself to the Ipad 2, I gave my first generation Ipad to my mom, along with downloading the kindle app. and electronic version of this book for her, hoping she would find it useful.
For her, the Ipad is wonderful. She's retired, and none of the jobs she held ever required her to learn the computer. Trying to get her to use a regular computer was like pulling teeth, but she uses the Ipad now every day: Using the free "dragon" program to dictate her emails, watching Lol cats on youtube, contentedly doing crossword puzzles, along with playing solitaire and other games. She can not follow this book though, and gets so frustrated trying, that she calls me on the phone, and starts threatening to throw her ipad out the window.
I think this book would have frustrated her less if I had purchased a hard (paper) copy for her instead. With the kindle version, after reading, she has to exit the program to practice, and then she can't remember all the steps! Why didn't I realize that would happen? It is my fault, I should have known better.
So my recommendation? If you are going to buy this book for a senior citizen, I strongly recommend buying it in hard copy--printed out on paper, so they can follow along, and practice on their ipad, WHILE they are still reading the instructions!
I would buy this book for her in hard copy, but at this point, she's so upset, that she says she's deleted the kindle app completely, and has thrown out every single yellow item in her house. I've also had to warn my siblings not to take her in any bookstores, because I'm afraid of what she might do if she sees any of the "for dummies" series of books. If they choose to ignore my warning, what happens will be on their heads.
Please don't make my mistake :(