Sara Peyton

Sara Peyton

Sara Peyton has 25 years experience as a staff and freelance reporter, essayist, columnist, and book reviewer for daily and weekly newspapers in northern California. Her column, Book People, appears in the New York Times-owned Press Democrat. Her essays, interviews, book reviews, and reporting have appeared in More Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Organic Style, Newsweek, New York Times, Poets & Writers, Stanford Magazine, Weight Watchers Magazine,,, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Magazine, and Sara is the public relations manager at O'Reilly Media.

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My Days with the iPad - Kindle killer or not?

April 13 2010

By day I'm the pr manager for O'Reilly Media. Most workdays I face three screens--my MacBook, a large monitor, and my iPhone--in order to keep an eye on several Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, email accounts, instant messaging and texting. These... read more

The Importance of The User Experience (UX) - Effective UI: The Art of Building Great User Experience in Software

February 09 2010

The importance of the user experience (UX) is now at the forefront of technology trends and applications. Users not only expect it; they now demand it, and businesses often grapple to achieve better UX for their software. The "UX factor" can certainly make (or break) any software's viability and appeal… read more

Search: The Most Disruptive Innovation of Our Time - Interview with Peter Morville, author of Search Patterns,

January 28 2010

Peter Morville is best known as the founding father of information architecture. His new book, Search Patterns: Design for Discovery, contains a bonanza of screenshots and illustrations that capture the best of today's design practices and presents a fresh perspective on the broader role of search and discovery. Co-authored by… read more

Bonnie Biafore's Favorite New QuickBooks 2010 Features

October 27 2009

According to Bonnie Biafore, author of QuickBooks 2010: The Missing Manual, QuickBooks 2010 doesn't introduce any earth-shattering enhancements. Yet, a few of its new features are handy and welcome timesavers. Read on for details about Bonnie's favorite new features in... read more

Five Things to Consider When Buying a Netbook - Tips from J.D. Biersdorfer, Author of Netbooks: The Missing Manual

September 02 2009

People buy new gadgets for every imaginable reason. In J.D. Biersdorfer's case, an apartment renovation prompted her to purchase one. "I wanted to have an extremely portable PC with me when I was living out of a duffel bag and sleeping on people's couches while my own place was unlivable,"… read more

David Pogue's Top 10 Tips for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3.0 Software - The Latest Edition of iPhone: The Missing Manual Is Here

July 29 2009

The new iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3.0 software have arrived, and New York Times tech columnist David Pogue is on top of it with a thoroughly updated edition of iPhone: The Missing Manual. The latest edition covers all models with 3.0 Software--including the iPhone 3GS. And here are David's top… read more

Ten Commandments of Power Account Submitters

July 14 2009

Social media expert Tamar Weinberg cuts through the hype and jargon to give you intelligent advice and strategies for positioning your business on the social web in her new book from O'Reilly, The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web read more

Embarrassment of Riches: Managing a Mountain of iPhone Apps

July 08 2009

Guest blogger Josh Clark, the author of Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders, offers his tips for managing a mountain of iPhone apps. "A healthy collection of iPhone apps calls for an equally healthy hygiene regimen for your iPhone," says Josh. "Here are a few pointers for keeping… read more

Keep Your iPhone Shipshape

July 08 2009

If you're considering purchasing an iPhone, planning on developing applications for one, or if you prefer troubleshooting and maintaining your iPhone (rather than taking it to the Apple Store for a tuneup), you'll want to check out the new book... read more

Take Your iPhone to the Next Level--Best iPhone Apps Is Here

June 30 2009

Josh Clark, author of O'Reilly's Best iPhone Apps: The Essential Guide for Discriminating Downloaders says he waited three decades until the iPhone finally arrived in 2007. "Apple's fabulous device is the only thing that's ever resembled my childhood notions of the 21st century, the first time the future got here,"… read more

John Viega Explains What Motivates Bad Guys

June 23 2009

Longtime security professional John Viega reports on the sorry state of security in his new book, The Myths of Security: What the Computer Security Industry Doesn't Want You to Know. "Today, the tech world might hear a lot about security issues, but the world at large rarely does," writes security… read more

Save 40%--Give your Geek Dad What He Really Wants!

June 17 2009

Give the Geek Dad in your life what he really wants. SAVE 40% on O'Reilly books, courses, workshops plus the OSCON and Velocity conferences. If we receive your order by 9 AM EST on 6/18, your gift will arrive in time for Father's Day (U.S. addresses only and choose overnight… read more

dekePod 18: Photoshop and the Andy Warhol Silkscreen Effect

June 11 2009

Have you ever wanted to create an authentic looking Andy Warhol silkscreen? One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Warhol was known for his avant-garde paintings and screenprintings. If you want the real thing, join Deke McClelland in the final episode of this dekePod series, as he… read more

Samrat Yantra--The Largest Sundial in the World

June 10 2009

If you're dreaming about your summer vacation check out the new travelers' guide from O'Reilly, The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science & Technology Come Alive ($29.99), by John Graham-Cumming. In this excerpt you'll learn about India's Samrat Yantra, the largest sundial in the world and capable of telling the… read more

Nikola Tesla--The Man Who Lit Up the World - An Excerpt from The Geek Atlas

May 28 2009

The history of science is all around us, if you know where to look. And if you're a traveler who loves science, you'll definitely want to check out at a timely new resource from O'Reilly, The Geek Atlas: 128 Places Where Science & Technology Come Alive ($29.99), by John Graham-Cumming.… read more

An Interview with Tim O'Reilly--An Excerpt from Beautiful Teams - Talking to Tim about the Architecture of Participation

May 11 2009

Tim O'Reilly started the company that became O'Reilly Media, Inc., which published this book (and our others, as well). We've always personally admired him and the company that he founded, not just for his impact on the publishing industry,... read more

Women in Tech Rock! Join our Mother's Day Celebration - Give a Tech Book & Get 40% Off

May 08 2009

Twitterer @HilaryP is a developer, a technical evangelist, and the pregnant mommy of a toddler. And though she likes girly things like yoga and beauty products as much as the next gal she was also looking for a Mother's Day discount that appealed to her geeky desires. Tim O'Reilly, founder… read more

Sarah Milstein and The Twitter Book featured on The Agenda - Canada's Top Current Affairs Show Talks about Twitter and Its Impact on Journalism

May 05 2009

Hosted by award-winning journalist Steve Paiken, The Agenda explored Twitter and it's impact on how we get and share the news in last night's show. Twitter expert and coauthor of The Twitter Book, Sarah Milstein, joined the Toronto based show from a studio in San Francisco. Jay Rosen, professor with… read more

Did Cartoonist Robert Crumb Predict Twitter? An Excerpt from Twitter API: Up and Running by Kevin Mackkice

April 03 2009

Face it. Few of us can resist Twitter's magnetic tug. We want more and more. And now you can indulge your Twitter addictive with a new book from O'Reilly, Twitter API: Up and Running by Kevin Makice. The new book gives you the skills and resources necessary to build web… read more

Why Ugly Teams Win--Scott Berkun's Essay from Beautiful Teams

March 27 2009

A new book from O'Reilly, Beautiful Teams, takes you behind the scenes with some of the most interesting teams in software engineering history. In a series of entertaining, informative, and thought provoking essays you'll learn about the successes and failures of leading programmers, architects, project managers, and thought leaders. You'll… read more

Colin Moock's Lost ActionScript 3.0 Weekend, New Video Courses from O'Reilly

March 19 2009

World-renowned ActionScript guru and educator Colin Moock takes viewers to bucolic, seaside Inverness, CA for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Beautifully filmed with extraordinary production values and clearly presented, Colin Moock's Lost ActionScript 3.0 Weekend isn't just another dry video offering. Instead Moock, the bestselling author of Essential ActionScript 3.0, and… read more

The Droplet Song--The Next Hilarious Music Video Now on dekePod

March 19 2009

Digital imaging master and unlikely crooner Deke McClelland tenders an original new love song to kick off the next round of his popular video podcast series, dekePod. Titled "The Droplet Song (A Love Song to a Lost Feature in Photoshop)," Deke's goofily romantic new tune honors one of Photoshop's most… read more

Read an Excerpt from Intellectual Property and Open Source: Winner of a Productivity Award at the 19th Annual Jolt Awards

March 16 2009

We're proud that Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code won a Jolt Productivity Award this year. The Jolt Awards--considered the Oscars of the industry--showcase the books and products that have "jolted" the industry with their significance. We congratulate author Van Lindberg for creating an award-winning… read more

Read an Excerpt from Real World Haskell: Winner of the 19th Annual Jolt Award for Technical Books

March 13 2009

We're proud to announce the winner of this year's Jolt Award for Technical Books, Real World Haskell. The Jolt Awards--considered the Oscars of the industry--showcase the books and products that have "jolted" the industry with their significance and made the task of creating and using software faster, easier, and more… read more

O'Reilly Master Classes and Developer Workshops--Learn Directly from the Experts and Save 25%

March 03 2009

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, keeping your technical skills up to date is critical. That's why we're excited to announce a new initiative-- O'Reilly Master Classes and Developer Workshops. These affordable, in-person trainings with our expert authors can help you improve your skills and learn important new techniques. For… read more

Contest: Share Your iWork '09 Tips

February 26 2009

Josh Clark is a writer, designer, and developer who aims to help creative people share their ideas with the world. And to that end, Josh is currently working oniWork '09: The Missing Manual. Currently available as a Rough Cut, the new book will teach you everything you need to know… read more

Tim O'Reilly Makes the Argument for Open Publishing--Just Pick the Hat to Fit the Head

February 25 2009

At TOC, Tim O'Reilly, the founder and CTO of O'Reilly Media, eloquently answered a question posed by Matthew Bernius, the co-director of the Open Publishing Lab at RIT. The question: "Why should publishing be open?" Tim's answer: "We have found through experiments that we can make a living when we… read more

Calling All O'Reilly Authors--New Twitter Account Just for You

February 18 2009

Here at O'Reilly we're Twitter converts. Not that we've given up our Facebooking, blogging, emailing, and press releasing, but we're twittering, too. We encourage all our authors to join and participate in Twitter. And, at Tim O'Reilly's suggestion, we've also created a new Twitter group account just for O'Reilly authors.… read more

What Is Enterprise? Dan Chak Explains

February 18 2009

With Enterprise Rails, author Dan Chak's gives you the tools to develop applications for the enterprise world for websites with global scale. In the book, Chak, who has worked for, shows you how to make good architectural choices from the beginning of a project. Read on for an excerpt,… read more

The Role of Architect vs. The Role of the Software Architect, A Reality Check from Beautiful Architecture

February 10 2009

We recently released Beautiful Architecture, a beautiful new book with a lovely image of a nautilus shell gracing the cover. The collection of essays from more than a dozen of today's leading software designers and architects illuminates the necessary ingredients for robust, elegant, and flexible architecture. Here John Klein, Software… read more

97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know: Rebecca Parsons Explains Why It's Never Too Early to Think About Performance

February 06 2009

97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts arrived this week. Edited by enterprise computing expert, Richard Monson-Haefel, this new book presents the expert advice of more than four dozen leading architects. In this excerpt, Thoughtworks CTO Rebecca Parsons explains why it's never too early to… read more

O'Reilly Books for Barack--What Should We Send the White House?

January 30 2009

We can't help but feel concerned that Barack Obama, the most technologically-connected President ever, faces an out-of-date, inefficient technological platform. According to news accounts the executive branch's computer and technology equipment is a "jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts." We know… read more

Choosing an Appropriate Performance Testing Tool, an Excerpt from The Art of Application Performance Testing

January 28 2009

The Art of Application Performance Testing arrived on my desk today. Indeed, application performance testing is a unique discipline that's crying out for its own set of industry standards. In this new title, author Ian Molyneaux offers his practical,... read more

Applying Lean to Software Development, an Excerpt from The Art of Software Development

January 27 2009

Just checking out The Art of Lean Software Development, which is based on the techniques that revolutionized Japanese manufacturing. Written by Curt Hibbs, Steve Jewett, and Mike Sullivan, this concise new title shows you how to adopt Lean practices one at a time. And in this excerpt the authors discuss… read more

LisaNova's YouTube Adventures: An Interview with Alan Lastufka

January 23 2009

LisaNova is the 24th Most Subscribed channel of all time on YouTube. She became a MADtv cast member as a result of her videos on YouTube. She has been featured in the New York Times, AdWeek, and Wired magazine. Here Alan Lastufka, author of YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing… read more

Matthew MacDonald's Hot List of Useful Web Sites

January 22 2009

If you're looking to create a professional-looking and visitor-friendly site, Matthew MacDonald's Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition can show you how. "Bookstore shelves are packed with Web design books written years ago. These older books don't cover the up-to-the-minute techniques your site needs to distinguish itself,… read more

Rubyist Pat Eyler Interviews Ruby Best Practises Author Gregory Brown

January 14 2009

Ruby aficionado Pat Eyler is conducting a series of wonderful interviews with Gregory Brown, the author of O'Reilly's upcoming Ruby Best Practices (currently in Rough Cuts). read more

Alan Lastufka's Revealing Interview with YouTube Rock Star Michael Buckley

January 13 2009

Michael Buckley's WhatTheBuck is the most popular entertainment show on YouTube, with more than 240,000 subscribers and 70 million views. Here Alan Lastufka, author of YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts, talks to this YouTube rock star and learns more about how Michael does things. read more

It's a Magazine. It's a Faire. Now It's Make: television

January 13 2009

If you're wondering what to do tonight, how about checking out the second episode of Make: television. Each week, Make: television will showcase a selection of the best project videos we've gathered from around the country. In this episode, maker Cris Benton takes spectacular aerial photographs by rigging remote-controlled cameras… read more

David Pogue Sings with Ge Wang on the Ocarina

January 09 2009

See and hear David Pogue, Missing Manuals founder and New York Times technology columnist, sing the iTunes Man parody at 2009 Macworld with special accompanyment by Ge Wang, the creator of the iPhone app, Ocarina. read more

Scott Berkun Talks about Innovation in Guy Kawasaki's New Book

December 30 2008

Scott Berkun, the bestselling author of The Myths of Innovation, discusses how innovators and inventors get their ideas in Guy Kawasaki's popular new book, Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition. read more

The Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-Off Contest Winning Entry Posted Here

November 22 2008

Recently O'Reilly sponsored the Adobe AIR Cookbook Cook-Off contest, a chance for developers to submit recipes and win prizes. And many of the top entries can be found in O'Reilly's latest, Adobe AIR 1.5 Cookbook, including the winning entry from Greg Jastrab. In this excerpt from the book, we give… read more

Taking Charge of Your New Canon Digital Rebel--Tips, Warnings, and Reminders

November 14 2008

Two new books from O'Reilly's Companion Series offer a complete photography class, tailored specficially for folks using Canon's new Digital Rebel cameras. Both--The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion and The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion--are by producer and videographer Ben Long. In each of his handy pocket guides,… read more

Derrick Story's Recipes for Brightening a Smile and Blotting Out a Blemish

November 12 2008

Beauty may be skin deep, but most of us hope to look our best in photos. And the following excerpt from Derrick Story's handy new book, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, offers a digital makeover of sorts--recipes for brightening a toothy grin and eliminating a skin blotch or two.… read more

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