Author: J.D. Biersdorfer

Publisher: O'Reilly Media

ISBN: 978-1-449-32556-5

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.

Before I picked up a copy of iPad the missing manual (5th edition), I was familiar with some of the iPad's capabilities, however, I have to admit that I was not taking full advantage of its “coolest” attributes. For example, I had no idea of the unbelievable free goodies found in the App Store. Once I downloaded these apps into my iPad, the manual showed me how to organize them, making my life much simpler in tracking them down.

Other helpful chapters included using Facebook in the iPad, getting video on the iPad, sharing it and even learning how to play iPad videos on my TV.

Another extremely informative chapter was the one dealing with reading iBooks and ePeriodicals on the iPad. Readers are shown how to download the iBooks app, how to browse and search for books, purchasing books, finding free iBooks, syncing books with iTunes, reading iBooks, changing the type in the ibook, searching the ibook, using the dictionary, creating bookmarks and margin notes, using iBooks textbooks, deleting or rearranging iBooks, subscribing to ePublications, and finding newspaper and magazine apps.

With my high-resolution color touchscreen, the iPad now takes the eBook and ePeriodical experience to an amazing new level. The same can be said for the videos you can watch on the iPad from the various news channels including those found in Youtube.

If you are into photography, you are going to enjoy reading the material concerning viewing, shooting, editing and managing photos. This chapter covers getting pictures onto your iPad, using the iPad camera, taking photos with Photo Booth, finding pictures on the iPad, editing photos, using iPhoto, playing slideshows on your iPad and TV, changing the Ipad wallpaper and turning the iPad into a picture frame.

What makes this guidebook really stand out is its lack of clutter, clear explanations devoid of technical jargon, its clear organization, and the author's vast knowledge of each of the topics. You can't ask for anything more.


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