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||Posted: July 21, 2007, 10:25 am
"iPhone: The Missing Manual" sports a front and back cover which will remind you of the black box your iPhone came in. Pictured on the front cover is an iPhone with the Missing Manual dog logo (a happy dog waving its tail, bringing the just-found manual back to its owner) along with the date and time of Friday, June 29, 6:01 pm. No, that isn't when the dog found the book, or when this book was published... It refers, of course, to the night that the iPhone first went on sale in Apple and AT&T stores all across the continental U.S. -- with 1 minute past 6 pm local time in each time zone as roughly the earliest you could actually have completed your purchase of this "everything phone" Apple calls the iPhone.
The front cover of "iPhone: The Missing Manual"
The quote above the title is by Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired: "Pogue, the New York Times computer columnist, is among the world's best explainers."
The back cover includes this information:
The Missing Manual
Apple's iPhone is a breakthrough in design, miniaturization, and elegant software. This stunning, sleek, black-and-chrome touchscreen machine comes with cellphone, iPod, Internet, and organizer features -- just about everything you need except a printed manual. Fortunately, David Pogue arrives just in time with iPhone: The Missing Manual: a witty, authoritative, full-color guide to unlocking the iPhone's potential.
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.
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 collection 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 de-spam your email, subscribe to RSS feeds, and keep your iPhone secure.
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.
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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.
There's more from David's resume inside the book:
...2006 winner of an Online News Association award (for online commentary)... He's the author or co-author of 42 books, including 17 in this series and six in the "For Dummies" line (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In his other life, David is a former Broadway show conductor, a magician, and a pianist.
News, photos, links to his columns and weekly videos await at www.davidpogue.com. He welcomes feedback about his books by email at email@example.com.
J.D. Biersdorfer helped with some of the book's chapters...
J.D. Biersdorfer (iTunes, syncing, and accessories chapters) is the author of iPod: The Missing Manual and co-author of The Internet: The Missing Manual and the second edition of Google: The Missing Manual. She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the New York Times since 1998, and has covered everything from 17th-century Indian art to the world of female hackers. Her work as appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Book Review, and the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. Biersdorfer, who studied theater at Indiana University, now lives in New York City and is equally obsessed with the BBC and the banjo. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inside the book, I am included in the Acknowledgments:
A few people undertook days-long special efforts to make this book the best it could be. They included Rich Koster, who, as the book's beta reader, helped to improve it in a hundred different ways (sorry, Rich, there's no room to mention your Web site, http://disneyecho.emuck.com).
If you want to know even more about David Pogue's background, check out this page of his website.
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