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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449387845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449387846
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By humedini on 22 Dec. 2010
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Apple famously doesn't see the need to include manuals with their products. Aside from the basic "finger tips" leaflet that comes with most iOS devices information no how to actually use the product is scarce. With the launch of the iPad, tablet computing (and in a lot of cases just plain computing) became a lot more accessible. Many people who weren't interested in having a smart phone, and therefore have never used an iPhone have been attracted to the iPad - with its excellent performance for basic Internet based activities it isn't hard to see why. But what do all these Apple novices do when they get their products home? How do they know how to use them? Things that seem so basic to IT professionals and those in the "industry" are not always apparent to these new users who may have little or no computing experience, let alone experience of using Apple products!

This situation has opened up a market for publishers to fill the void in information, and provide a text that can be used as an introduction to the platform, and as a reference guide for when the user gets stuck. One of the most successful series of these books is the `Missing Manual' series from O'Reilly Media, and the latest incarnation entitled "iPad: The Missing Manual" is an excellent addition to the ever growing stable of titles in this genre and series.

The book is broken into sections covering all the basics that will be required to get things done with the iPad.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K L Eastham on 21 Nov. 2010
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The manual is very worthwhile.....I was able to set up and navigate around my iPad without too much trouble. However, this book gives you some little tips, explanations and useful background to help you fully exploit it's capabilities. Also, if you are a complete iPad novice it gives straight forward explanations on how to set up and manage mail, search, use iTunes, set up contacts, Skype etctetc.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ymugmike on 27 July 2010
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I am not a newbie to the Mac, but I am to the iPad. This book was very helpful in getting me started and guiding me through the basics and 'how to do things'. If you want a quick reference guide to hand, get a copy. When a problem arises, the solution is probably inside the book. David Pogue's team produce very good books. This addition to the list is no exception.iPad: The Missing Manual
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry on 12 Jan. 2011
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This book is fine - once you know your way around the IPad!
I found it frustrating in that it assumed you were familiar with the capabilities of the IPad. As someone reasonably familiar in using a PC running Microsoft OS I have had to learn by default how to do things I am used to taking for granted. It would be very useful to have a chapter comparing the two modes of operation and explaining what the IPad can't do or does not offer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snowey on 14 Jan. 2011
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Excellent and simple to understand reference manual for anybody and everybody nomatter whhy they bought the iPad, pleasure or business, this is a very useful guide.
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It is possible that without this book I would eventually have discovered that there was a search page on the iPad, but I certainly hadn't before it arrived. This shows the rather hit and miss way in which Apple expects iPad users to discover the functions that the iPad posesses. Buying this excellent manual takes all the hit and miss out of the process. I still have many more pages to read, but my iPad is now immeasurably more useful (and more used) than it was before buying this very useful book. I would recommend it unhesitatingly.
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I had the IPAD,had a couple of other excellent books,but I was impressed with this book a friend had,,I bought it and to me this filled in any missing problems I was having,,,I would never hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who like me completly ignorant in any form of computing,and being 78 yrs of age I fully enjoy my IPAD,,,,,,
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Having purchased an I pad I felt I needed to be sure that I was getting the most out of it. The book filled in all the gaps in my knowledge, although there were not as many as I imagined that there might have been. Good book though, and easy to understand.
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