J.D. Biersdorfer is the author of iPad: The Missing Manual, iPad 2: The Missing Manual, iPod: The Missing Manual, Netbooks: The Missing Manual, Best iPhone Apps, Second Edition and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book, and is co-author of The Internet: The Missing Manual, iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual and the second edition of Google: The Missing Manual. She has been writing book reviews and other articles for The New York Times since 1996 and has written the weekly computer Q&A column for paper since 1998. J.D. is the co-host of the weekly independent audio magazine, Pop Tech Jam, and blogs about the show at www.poptechjam.com. When not writing about computers, she sometimes writes about art, graphic design and pop culture.
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"It's a powerful pick for any iPod user and should be the 'bible' accompanying any new user's purchase!"
"What makes this guidebook really stand out is its lack of clutter, clear explanations devoid of technical jargon, its clear organization, and the author's vast knowledge of each of the topics. You can't ask for anything more. "
"This is an inexpensive book, and is recommended for its target audience of inexperienced iPad users. The information it contains will take them well into all that the device can offer with simple instructions, and should be a useful resource for quite some time after the user has become proficient."
"The book is easy to read and has numerous illustrations that make what should be an easy to use product, easier to use."
"Existing and new owners of an iPad will benefit considerably by taking time out to read through this manual even if only to learn about the previously undocumented tips and tricks mentioned. I award the book ten out of ten in terms of its readability and value for money."
"The ninth edition is as useful, satisfying, and reliable as its subject. It is filled with high-quality color graphics, each page helps you accomplish a specific task everything from managing your media and installing and browsing iTunes to keeping calendars and contacts. Whether you have a brand-new iPod or an old favorite, this book provides crystal-clear colorful explanations and expert guidance on all of the things you can do."
"Those longing for additional instruction, shortcuts, and troubleshooting tips should own iPad 2: The Missing Manual, Third Edition...Author J. D. Biersdorfer gently guides the reader through virtually every aspect of the device, avoiding overly technical jargon and assuming a casual tone (such as telling the reader what to do if an iPad acts "weird")."
"If your new iPad is already out of the box and online, iPad 2: The Missing Manual would make a great addition to its electronic bookshelf (e-book: $19.99). If you're still waiting to get your hands on one, the more primitive paper version is still a great deal at $24.99."
"If you have an iPad, iPad 2: The Missing Manual contains a wealth of important stuff you need to know that you wont find in Apples quickstart guide...As an iPad user, you want this book. I recommend it without reservation."
"No matter what you skill level, there is something to be gained from reading this book. No stone goes unturned in iPad: The Missing Manual. The author has done an outstanding job in allowing you to learn the tips and tricks needed to get the most out of your iPad...After reading this book, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain the maximum results out of their new system."
"O'Reilly Publishing's iPod: The Missing Manual clearly demonstrates the iPod's full capabilities, revealing information even the most seasoned users may not know. Author J. D. Biersdorfer guides the new and experienced owners through full-color illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and often amusing but easily understood language. Indeed, the volume lives up to its motto as 'the book that should have been in the box.'"
"All the basics are here, making this a fine standard coverage and a 'must' reference for iPad owners."
"I think that this is a good, useful book that has something for all iPod and iTunes users."
"This book fills in the blanks the owner's manual fails to provide. It is geared towards the new owner, the experienced user, and the advance programmer. No matter what you skill level, there is something to be gained from reading this book."
"Overall, the book is well written and has a nice layout. It is very self-explanatory and has plenty of illustrations to help the reader see what things should look like on the iPad screen."
"iPad: The Missing Manual is another hit from OReilly. If you want to get the most from your iPad, this book comes well recommended."
"...a good, thorough look at the various hardware and software features of the iPad. If youve wanted a comprehensive iPad manual, this is a good solution."
"Overall, it is a must have book for any newbie getting started with iPad. "
"Here in a compact full-color guide is all an owner of an iPod Touch, Nano, Classic, or Shuffle needs to know to access and enjoy their digital media. The authors' many notes and insider tips provide valuable insights into maximizing the features found in the various iPod models."
"If clear, conversational instruction style writing is most appealing, this is the book."
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