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

David Pogue's Top 10 Tips for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3.0 Software

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. Here are David's top 10… 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 excerpts we posted at 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

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

Tech Terms Every Small Business Owner Should Know--A Special Report with Help from O'Reilly

November 03 2008

If you're running a small business or thinking about starting one in today's brutal economic climate, a special report put together by can help you make the right decisions about technology. The package includes five stories illuminating everything from "hardware and networking to executing and securing transactions in cyberspace."… read more

Boo! dekePod's Scary Halloween Episode

October 22 2008

A week ago Adobe began shipping Photoshop CS4 and already Deke McClelland's highly anticipated Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One is climbing bestselling charts. Even better, dekePod's special Halloween episode sheds light on CS4's scariest feature, the Masks palette. "It's kind of cute, but it's got a big old knife," notes Deke.… read more

Coming Soon....David Pogue on The Basics

October 09 2008

"Nothing I've ever written has ever prompted a reaction like last week's e-column. In six days, over 1,150 of you added comments to the online version at" So writes David Pogue, in his e-column today. "The column was the... read more

Maker Faire Earns a Coveted American Magazine Vanguard Award

October 07 2008

The first American Magazine Vanguard Awards recognizes magazines that are innovating, extending their brands, and finding new exciting ways to connect with their customers. And O'Reilly Media's Make snared an AMVA award because of the creation of Maker Faire, which celebrates DIYers and crafters of every persuasion. "Considering that some… read more

Be Subversive--10 Subversion Tips to Control Your Code

October 02 2008

Is Subversion the right tool? "If you need to archive old versions of files and directories, possibly resurrect them, or examine logs of how they've changed over time, then Subversion is exactly the right tool for you." So write the authors of O'Reilly's Version Control with Subversion, 2nd Ed.--C. Michael… read more

Gary Bradski's Top Ten Tips for Getting the Most Out of OpenCV--10 of 10

October 01 2008

Dr. Gary Rost Bradski and Adrian Kaehler, the creators of OpenCV, have put their knowledge into a new book for O'Reilly. With Learning OpenCV: Computer Vision with the OpenCV Library developers and hobbyists can learn how to build simple or sophisticated vision applications. Over the next few days Gary--a consulting… read more

Alaric Cole's Top 10 Things We Should Know about Flex

October 01 2008

The author of Learning Flex 3, Alaric Cole, has been working with Flash technologies since the introduction of ActionScript. But once Flex burst on the scene, he started focusing of Flex development. Recently Alaric put together a list of the top 10 things he thinks everyone should know about Flex.… read more

Lesa Snider King Takes a Look at Photoshop CS4

September 26 2008

King, founder of, chief evangelist of, and author of our forthcoming Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual recently posted her thoughts on some of Photoshop CS4's new features and tools. Photoshop aficionados can look forward to some big changes that may take some getting used to. Will they like… read more

Head First Physics--A Learner's Companion to Mechanics and Practical Physics

September 26 2008

Are you or your offspring struggling to pass the AP Physics B exam? Is your college physics class giving you a headache? Or do you wish you understood how the world around you really works? Frankly it's been a while since I've taken a physics course. That's why I gave… read more

O'Reilly Announces 8 New Adobe CS4 Titles

September 23 2008

With eight new books and video lessons in the works, O'Reilly's authors are ready to help you make the leap to CS4. October brings the first of Deke McClelland's four new One-on-One titles, Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One, as well as the newest insallment in the Companion series--The Photoshop CS4 Companion… read more

New dekePod! Deke McClelland on Photoshop CS4: Buy or Die

September 23 2008

September 23 marks the announcement of Adobe's Creative Suite 4. And that means a new version of the company's flagship image editor, Photoshop. Coming just 18 months after its predecessor, is Photoshop CS4 any good? Enter dekePod, Deke McClelland's irreverent and uncensored video series. Day and date with Adobe's announcement,… read more

Live from NYC--Web 2.0 Expo

September 19 2008

Yes, Web 2.0 Expo in New York City is the place to be. Yet you can view many of the keynote presentations from the comfort of your own home or office on You'll find Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library) talking about Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape, Jason… read more

Work on Stuff That Matters--Tim O'Reilly @ Web 2.0

September 18 2008

Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media, didn't mince words as he addressed the crowd this morning at Web 2.0 Expo in New York City. As CNET reported today, he said: "You have to conclude, if you look at the focus of a lot of what you call 'Web 2.0,' the… read more

Quicken Can Help During Troubled Times--Bonnie Biafore's Top 10 Tips

September 18 2008

Bonnie Biafore, author O'Reilly's latest book, Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual is a self-described incorrigible tinkerer. "My personal finances have lived in Quicken since the early 90s, so I've had to do a lot of coaxing over the years to get Quicken to do what I want," she says. "My… read more

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