David Pogue (author, indexer) writes a weekly tech column for The New York Times and a monthly column for Scientific American. He’s an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, the host of NOVA science-NOW on PBS, and the creator of the Missing Manual series. He’s the author or co author of 55 books, including 28 in this series; six in the “For Dummies” line (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); two novels (one, Abby Carnelia’s One and Only Magical Power, for middle-schoolers); and The World According to Twitter. In his other life, David is a former Broadway show conductor, a piano player, and a magician. He lives in Connecticut with his three awesome children.
Julie Van Keuren (copy editor, indexer) quit her newspaper job in 2006 and moved to Montana to live the freelancing dream. She and her husband, M.H. (who’s living the novel-writing dream), have two handsome sons. Email: email@example.com.
Phil Simpson (design and layout) runs his graphic design business from Southbury, Connecticut. His work includes corporate branding, publication design, communications support, and advertising. In his free time he is a homebrewer, ice cream maker, wannabe woodworker, and is on a few tasting panels. He lives with his wife and three great felines. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rich Koster (technical reviewer). The iPhone became Rich’s first cellphone (and first iPod) the very first evening it was sold by Apple. It’s been his faithful electronic companion through the years since, being replaced by new iPhone versions as they came out. From the start, he began corresponding with David Pogue, sharing tips, tricks, and observations; eventually, David asked him to be the beta reader of the first edition of iPhone: The Missing Manual—and hired him as the tech editor of subsequent editions. Rich is a husband, father, graphics artist, writer, and Disney fan (@DisneyEcho on Twitter).
The Missing Manual series is a joint venture between the dream team introduced on these pages and O’Reilly Media. I’m grateful to all of them, especially to designer Phil Simpson and to prose queen Julie Van Keuren, who have become my Missing Manual core team.
A few other friends did massive favors for this book. Philip Michaels did an expert job of writing up the Game Center. Apple’s Teresa Brewer was incredibly generous in chasing down elusive technical answers. Kellee Katagi and Judy Le contributed their sharp proofreading eyes. O’Reilly’s Brian Sawyer accommodated my chaotic schedule without once threatening to break my kneecaps. Sebastien Page (iDownloadBlog.com) let me use his SIM -card photo. And my incredible assistant Jan Carpenter kept me from falling apart like wet Kleenex.
The work done on previous editions lives on in this one; for that, I’m still grateful to my fellow New York Times columnist Jude Biersdorfer, my 2010 summer intern Matt Gibstein, and the inimitable Brian Jepson.
Thanks to David Rogelberg and Tim O’Reilly for believing in the idea, and above all, to Nicki, Kell, Tia, and Jeffrey. They make these books—and everything else—possible.
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to com put er products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific page numbers (not just “see Chapter 14”); and an ironclad promise never to put an apostrophe in the possessive pronoun its.
Here’s a list of current and upcoming titles:
OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
AppleScript: The Missing Manual by Adam Goldstein
FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual by Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman
iMovie ’11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Aaron Miller
iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Lesa Snider
iWork ’09: The Missing Manual by Josh Clark
Office 2011: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Lion Edition by David Pogue
Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
Windows 8: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows 7: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Access 2010: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Excel 2010: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Office 2010: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, and E. A. Vander Veer
QuickBooks 2012: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
David Pogue’s Digital Photography: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual by Craig Hockenberry
iPad: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
iPod: The Missing Manual, Tenth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual by Peter Meyers
Motorola Xoom: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Netbooks: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer
NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Droid X: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Droid X2: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Adobe Edge Preview 7: The Missing Manual, Third Edition by Chris Grover
Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual, Third Edition by Matthew MacDonald
CSS: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, by David Sawyer McFarland
Dreamweaver CS6: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Flash CS6: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer and Chris Grover
Google+: The Missing Manual by Kevin Purdy
HTML5: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual by Brett McLaughlin