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July 17, 2007

David Pogue's iPhone: The Missing Manual PDF--New from O'Reilly: The PDF Is Here! Everything You Want to Know about the iPhone

Sebastopol, CA--"It’s here, baby," says an exhausted but happy David Pogue about his new instant bestseller, iPhone: The Missing Manual. "I didn't eat, sleep, or see my family for six weeks. But the book is here, it's gorgeous, and if I may say so, it rocks."

His new book is the first (and therefore the best) book about Apple's iPhone, which, as everybody knows, has done some world-rocking of its own. This tiny, gorgeous, 0.4-inch-thick handheld computer is a cellphone, iPod, e-mail station, Web browser, alarm clock, camera, stopwatch, weather/stock/traffic reporter, mapping module, and more. Its face is a 3.5-inch slab of touch-sensitive glass, with a pixel density (160 dots per inch) that makes computer and TV screens look downright coarse.

Pogue, the ultimate gadget guru, has done more than write about the iPhone; he's also sung about it. (Look here for the URL of David's wildly popular musical video about getting the iPhone.)

Fortunately, for everyone who stood in line only two weeks ago to buy an iPhone, David arrives just in time with "iPhone: The Missing Manual." This witty, authoritative, full-color guide truly unlocks the iPhone’s potential. The printed book will be available in a few weeks. The PDF is available now.

Coverage includes:

  • The phone and organizer. Sophisticated features like conference calling, visual voicemail, and text messaging are a finger tap away. This book offers detailed instructions for syncing the iPhone with the address book and calendar on a Mac or PC. It even covers syncing topics even Apple never dreamed of, like syncing a single iPhone with multiple computers, or using the iPhone as a data bucket to merge the address books from several different PCs.
  • The iPod. With a finger swipe or a pinch on the 3.5-inch, multitouch screen, you can bring your music, photos, and videos to life. These pages cover both the iPhone’s entertainment features and how they interact with the digital files on your Mac or PC.
  • The Internet. The iPhone can get online in two ways: on Wi-Fi hot spots or on AT&T’s cellular network. Learn how to manage multiple accounts, subscribe to RSS feeds, and keep your iPhone secure. The book tackles such non-obvious problems as solving the "two-mailbox problem" and remedying the iPhone's lack of a spam filter.
  • The hardware and software. The iPhone may be the world’s coolest computer, but it’s still a computer, with all its complexities.

"iPhone: The Missing Manual" is an entertaining, lavishly illustrated guide to the tips, shortcuts, and workarounds that will turn you, too, into an iPhone addict. Full of humor, tricks, and surprises, this book teaches readers how to extend iPhone's usefulness by exploiting its links to the Web as well as its connection to Macs or PCs; how to save money using Internet-based messages instead of phone calls; and how to fill the iPhone with TV shows and DVDs for free.

For busy professionals, working parents, and anyone else who owns an iPhone or plans to get one soon and hopes to tap into the iPhone’s full potential, David Pogue's latest Missing Manual makes it possible.

See and hear David Pogue singing about ditching his old cell for the iPhone

David Pogue is the weekly tech columnist for the New York Times. He’s an Emmy-winning CBS News reporter, tech correspondent for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and creator of the Missing Manual series.

More information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bio, and samples

iPhone: The Missing Manual
By David Pogue
ISBN: 0-596-51374-7, $19.99 USD (book only), $24.99 USD (PDF and book)

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