J.D. Biersdorfer

J.D. Biersdorfer


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.


iPad: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Sixth Edition November 2013
iPod: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Eleventh Edition December 2012
iPad: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Fifth Edition December 2012
iPad: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Fourth Edition April 2012
iPod: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Tenth Edition December 2011
iPad 2: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Third Edition November 2011
iPad 2: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Second Edition April 2011
iPod: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Ninth Edition October 2010
Best iPhone Apps by J.D. Biersdorfer Second Edition September 2010
iPod: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer Fifth Edition November 2006


Webcast: Five Ways the iPad Can Entertain You July 09, 2010 In this live, one-hour webcast, bestselling author J.D. Biersdorfer will guide us through the most entertaining apps on the iPad.


“It's a powerful pick for any iPod user and should be the 'bible' accompanying any new user's purchase!”
— James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch, The Computer Shelf, March 2012, Volume 7, Number 3
“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. ”
— Norm Goldman, BookPleasures.com
“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.”
— Frank Pope, actapple.org.au
“The book is easy to read and has numerous illustrations that make what should be an easy to use product, easier to use.”
— Paul Smart, Gadget Speak
“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.”
— Jim McGhie
“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.”
— Tom Piper, appleJAC Macintosh Users Group
“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").”
— Kit O'Toole, Blogcritics.org
“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.”
— Ric Getter, MacDirectory
“If you have an iPad, iPad 2: The Missing Manual contains a wealth of important stuff you need to know that you won’t find in Apple’s quickstart guide...As an iPad user, you want this book. I recommend it without reservation.”
— Charles W. Moore, MacPrices.net
“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.”
— Suzie Housley, Reviewer's Bookwatch: Suzie's Bookshelf
“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.'”
— Kit O'Toole, Blogcritics.org
“All the basics are here, making this a fine standard coverage and a 'must' reference for iPad owners.”
— Diane Donovan, California Bookwatch: The Computer Shelf
“I think that this is a good, useful book that has something for all iPod and iTunes users.”
— Roger Bernau, ACT Apple User Group Incorporated
“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.”
— Suzie Housley, The Midwest Book Review - Suzie's Bookshelf
“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.”
— Drew Goodman, Goodreads
iPad: The Missing Manual is another hit from O’Reilly. If you want to get the most from your iPad, this book comes well recommended.”
— John Nemerovski, MyMac Magazine
“...a good, thorough look at the various hardware and software features of the iPad. If you’ve wanted a comprehensive iPad manual, this is a good solution.”
— Aaron Hockley, Social Photo Talk
“Overall, it is a must have book for any newbie getting started with iPad. ”
— Krishnan Subramanian, Krish's Life & Thoughts
“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.”
— Michael L. Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
“If clear, conversational instruction style writing is most appealing, this is the book.”
— Eleanor Cavin, Tidewater Area Macintosh Users' Group (TarMac)