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October 13, 2003

O'Reilly Holiday Gift Books: Pocket Guides, Missing Manuals, and "Hacks"

O'Reilly Not-Just-for-Geeks Pocket Guides
More invaluable than a set of batteries on Christmas morning, able to leap through essential commands in a single page-turn--look, up in the stocking! Is it 400 pages of indecipherable computerese? No--it's concise, it's intelligible, it's portable: the O'Reilly Pocket Guide series. These short, intensely focused how-to guides come to the rescue of every proud owner of a new computer gadget who is now wondering how the heck to get the most out of their techno-toy right away. For less than $15 US, Guides can take you from "Huh?" to "Ah hah!" in no time flat.

Our most popular Pocket References and Pocket Guides include:

Windows Desk Reference Set:

  • Word Pocket Guide: Learn Microsoft Word's keyboard shortcuts, user interface, commands, and tasks for Word 2002, 2000, and 97.
  • Outlook Pocket Guide: Harness the full strength of Outlook's suite of organizational tools that can help you manage your schedule, contacts, and deadlines with remarkable efficiency.
  • Excel Pocket Guide: This helpful guide covers such basics as creating workbooks, entering data, printing, cell formatting, and spell checking. For more advanced users, the book provides handy information on formulas, pivot tables, collaboration, and customization.
  • Windows XP Pocket Reference: Get a handle on XP's applications and tools, tasks and settings, and commands, including mouse and keyboard shortcuts, components of Windows XP, setting the locator registry, tweaks, command prompt and recovery, and console error messages.

ISBN: 0-596-52367-X

Digital Photography Pocket Guide
Organized into three key sections, the book covers everything from image resolution, flash modes, action photography, close-ups and portraits, to memory cards, emailing images, and archiving, all in jargon-free language.

Digital Video Pocket Guide
Mapping out a step-by-step approach to successful movie making, including detailed illustrations, tables, and charts, this well-organized little book shows you how the pros shoot action video, arrange lighting, and capture clean audio.

Google Pocket Guide
This book contains practical examples to inspire going beyond the basic keyword search, secrets for constructing more powerful queries using Google's special syntax, and advice on how to understand and further refine the results Google provides.

Missing Manuals: The Books that Should Have Been in the Box
Almost every major software company sells increasingly sophisticated software without a printed manual. But online help is no substitute for a real manual--ever try to flip between help topics, or underline important passages? That's why David Pogue, computer columnist for the "New York Times," teamed with O'Reilly & Associates to launch Pogue Press, producing sterling, beautifully written manuals for popular consumer software and hardware products, most priced at about $25 US.

iPod: The Missing Manual
With humor and authority, "New York Times" technology columnist J. D. Biersdorfer lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts to all iPod models for both Mac and Windows.

iPhoto 2: The Missing Manual
Presented by bestselling author David Pogue, this edition keeps pace with the recently revised software, allowing Mac fans to organize their digital photos for the screen, the Web, printouts, hardbound photo books, and even DVDs, CDs, and digital movies.

iMovie 3 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
Award-winning author David Pogue provides a funny, authoritative, and updated course in Macintosh filmmaking, from the basics of moviemaking to mastering DVDs, iMovie 3, and iDVD.

Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
The latest update of David Pogue's best-selling title details all of the changes in Apple's Mac OS X 10.3, aka "Panther," noting which new features work well and which do not. Suitable for novices and experienced users alike, the new edition covers everything from the all-new Finder and iChat AV to the Terminal and networking tools.

"Hacks" Series
Don't be put off by the "Hacks" moniker--it's not the troublemaking kind, but the kind that drives innovation by trying new ways to get things done. This new series makes it easy for ordinary folks to learn tips from the masters in a particular topic. The books are easy to browse and sample--each one offers 100 "industrial-strength tips and tools," starting with the easiest Hacks and moving towards the more daring. Each Hack can be read in just a few minutes, but can save you hours of research.

TiVo Hacks
Learn how to upgrade the hard drive for more hours of recording, log in to the serial port for command-line access to programming data, log files, closed-captioning data, display graphics on the TiVo screen, play MP3s, change the order of recorded programs, activate the 30-second skip to blaze through commercials, and more.

eBay Hacks
Both newcomers and longtime users can become more efficient buyers and sellers: learn to monitor the bidding process, get refunds, fix photos so that sale items look their best, and use in-depth tips for running a business on eBay, such as writing scripts that automate tedious tasks, and working within this community to maximize your success.

Amazon Hacks
This collection of real-world tips, tricks, and full-scale solutions offers a variety of interesting ways for power users to get the most out of Amazon and its community, for Associates to hone their recommendations for better linking and more referral fees, for researchers to mine the enormous amount of information in Amazon's data store, and for developers to integrate Amazon Web Services into their applications and services.

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