iOS 8 for the iPad is the biggest iOS release ever, and this all-new Missing Manual includes everything you need to know about iPad’s exciting features and new user interface. Missing Manual series creator David Pogue takes you on a guided iPad tour, complete with step-by-step instructions, crystal-clear explanations, and lots of tips, tricks, and surprises along the way.
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With this beautiful full-color and easy-to-use book, you’ll discover how to get the most out of your iPad—everything from Web browsing to watching videos.
David Pogue is the anchor columnist for Yahoo Tech, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the tech columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA,” and two-time Emmy-winning correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning.” With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.
Comments about oreilly iPad: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition:
I must confess that I have become a huge fan of David Pogue's Missing Manual books, since I first discovered them about 4 years ago. Some of the MM's are written by other authors, but frankly Mr. Pogue's work is the gold standard of the brand, which is why I resisted purchasing the iPad MM until this year, when Mr. Pogue took over the task of writing it. I am happy to report, I have not been disappointed.
If you are a non-technical person or iPad novice this book will provide a cheerful, easy-going introduction to the vast capabilities of this amazing tablet, in a jargon free, easy to follow format. Even experienced iPad users will find tips and tricks that are otherwise very difficult to obtain from web searches or Apple documentation. While experts could conceivably discover much of what is contained in this book, it would be a poor tradeoff as the time spent on web searches and verification would far exceed the time required to simply read this book.
If you are a positive, forward looking sort, then you've heard enough. This is one of the best iPad books I've come across, almost everyone will find something to like. Enough said.
However, if you are a critical, cynical sort, you'll want to know what's not to like. After all, nothing is perfect. The following is for you:
It seems to me that Mr Pogue has taken on a huge number of authoring commitments in the last half of 2014. He has written, or is in the process of writing/updating 4 books that I know of: his iPhone Missing Manual, his OS X Missing Manual, this iPad Missing Manual, and Pogue's Basics. The previous versions of this iPad manual were written by a different author, and it seems that Mr. Pogue has chosen to adapt his iPhone MM to create this new iPad MM, rather than simply updating the previous version. That's a reasonable approach given the vast similarities between the phone and the tablet. However, I get the impression that in the rush to produce the massive amount of content he has committed to, some errors have crept into this particular book. The good news is, most of the errors are not serious and only the most inexperienced users will have trouble with them. Also the author is strongly committed to correcting any errors that are reported, and updating subsequent releases of his books (there is also on-line errata available).
All technical books have errors, and I don't find those in even this first release too serious. It's still one of the best iPad manuals you can lay your hands on that is current with the latest software release (iOS 8). It may indeed be the best manual available, but I cannot say for sure as I have not read all of them, and do not intend to do so.
Note that, if you have both an iPhone and an iPad, you may wish to save yourself some precious reading time and purchase just one (either the iPad or the iPhone Missing Manual) rather than both. Because the devices are so similar, the manuals have a lot of commonality with each other. Whatever you choose, definitely consider reading one of these excellent manuals by Mr. Pogue.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend