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Press Release: November 14, 2007

Quicken & Quickbooks 2008--New Missing Manuals from O'Reilly Media: The Books That Pick Up Where the Help Resources Leave Off

Sebastopol, CA--If you're like most people, you like having control of your money--knowing where it goes and when, how much interest you're gaining every month, and how much time it's going to take before you finish paying off that nasty loan.

While checkbook registers help and paper-and-pen budgets get the job done, it's much easier to keep everything straight with a reliable computer program like Quicken--that is, if you can figure out how to use it. That's where O'Reilly's newest Missing Manuals step in. Author and financial-software writer Bonnie Biafore has written two books, Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual ($24.99 USD) and Quickbooks 2008: The Missing Manual ($29.99 USD) that will have you up and running with new financial freedom in no time.

Biafore explains, "Quicken and Quickbooks make personal and small business finances a lot easier--most of the time. But, like many other programs, they can have a mind of their own. Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual and Quickbooks 2008: The Missing Manual help people learn about all the timesaving features that these programs have to offer: filling in checks and deposits in nanoseconds, downloading transactions, tracking net worth, and so on."

Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual covers personal finances, including topics such as how to:

  • Track checks, savings, credit cards, investments, and loans easily
  • Pay bills and make transfers online automatically
  • Reconcile any account with your bank quickly and painlessly
  • Create budgets to track spending and meet your savings goals
Quickbooks 2008: The Missing Manual covers business finances, including topics such as how to:

  • Follow the money all the way from customer invoices to year-end tasks
  • Review every aspect of your business with QuickBooks reports
  • Discover new timesaving options like sharing data with Microsoft Office
  • Increase profits by managing budgets and cash flow

Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual will be available in stores November 15th and Quickbooks 2008: The Missing Manual at the end of the month, ready to help you get a handle on these helpful financial tools. For books packed with real-world advice, and concise but definitive writing that won’t put you to sleep, these Missing Manuals have got it covered.

After spending 10 years as a project manager and tech writer for Electronic Data Systems, McDonnell Douglas, and others, Bonnie Biafore became a full-time financial-software writer in 1997. She's a columnist for both and Better Investing magazine and the author of Quick Books 2005: The Missing Manual, Quicken 2006 for Starters: The Missing Manual, and Online Investing Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools.

Founded by New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, O'Reilly's Missing Manual series specializes in producing beautifully written manuals for popular consumer software and hardware products--the book that should have been in the box.

Quicken 2008: The Missing Manual
Bonnie Biafore
ISBN: 0-596-51515-4, $24.99 US

Quickbooks 2008: The Missing Manual
Bonnie Biafore
ISBN: 0-596-51514-6, $29.99 US

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