OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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OS X Mountain Lion: the Missing Manual by Pogue
1. YOU CAN READ THIS BOOK IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN iOS DEVICE!! When you buy the book it downloads into iTunes in a folder named Pogue as the author in Books under iTunes. COPY the book and put the copy where it is convenient. NOW download a FREE ePub reader. Try Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Calibre, Stanza, or Kitabu for a start. There are others. ALSO Firefox has an extension that reads ePub books. Use Firefox help to learn how to activate it.
I'm disappointed that Apple does not state this in their iTunes requirements. At least they could have said that it is RECOMMENDED to use iBooks. If you have ereader like Nook or Kindle you may be able to read this book on them if you can load it to your reader or "cloud" account.
2. As for the book being DULL…oh come on. It's a reference book! CONCENTRATE on it.
Spoiler Alert--this book is dull.
This book is so deadly dull, it's amazing. Yes, it's chock full of info but written in such a plodding, mind numbing way that you're bound to fall asleep before using it. Now I find myself in the position of buying a new manual to replace it. Keep shopping, folks.
The Missing Manual
I agree with Deceptive Ad. I have OS X Lion on my MacBook Pro and after downloading (after paying for) this book, I find that I cannot open it on my laptop.
Great book -- buy it!
I have owned every copy of The Missing Manual series that David Pogue has ever written on OS X. I look forward to it almost as much as I look forward to the actual release of the new software. Pogue writes in a down-to-earth / no nonsense approach that is as full of knowledge as it is wit and charm. You have never had this much fun learning about computers if you've never read his Missing Manual books.
David has made this another great book that thoroughly goes through the changes from Lion and shows the major differences so that you know what's new (great for those who know a lot about OS X anyway and just want to start living the good life with Apple's new features. We also get to see minor differences so that we don't hit a brick wall when we're asked to save our latest document in iCloud! Thanks, Dave!
The book is nicely laid out and has excellent screenshots so following along is a no brainer. I just park myself in front of my computer with my iPad and start following along! Super easy and convenient!
Speaking of… this copy is the first one that I've read on my iPad so it's quite a bit different. And by different, I mean vastly better! The iPad is significantly lighter than the actual book; it's easy to change and enlarge fonts based on your need; take it with you on planes and bone up on All-Things-OS X which you most surely wouldn't schlepp the real one along. And you can have multiple copies of the book. I've installed it on my iPhone and iPad along with my wife's iPhone and iPad. 4 copies! That can be used at anytime. Someone needs help, boom, pull out your iPhone! Now, I prefer the iPad way but it's great to know that I have the great NY Times Tech guru in my pocket, so to speak, whenever trouble pops up.
Unlike the review before that said "no where I can I find that the DL was going to be in ePub", I actually read the Requirements which stated that the this book required (and can ONLY BE VIEWED) using iBooks on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. I generally do a little reading whenever the price of something is a more than a couple of bucks. I can't imagine making a $17 purchase and not bothering to read the Requirements that are 3 inches from the BUY BUTTON. The reason that iBooks and Apps don't have the Requirements every where is because most (logical) people understand that they can only be used on iOS devices. Do I wish that iBooks could be read on a Mac? Sure,… but not for my benefit. Who wants to read a book on huge monitor?! I'd rather read it on a book-like device!
This is a great book and truly is the book that should have been in the box!
OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual
By Deceptive Ad
I downloaded this book and no where can I find that the DL was going to be in 'epub', a system I've never heard of. Ion looking at the 'fine print' today, it is buried in small print on the left side of this page, a point of no help! In talking to tech support, I was advised that the program would not work with a desktop iMAC in any event, but only with iPAD, iPOD, IPhone - none of which I possess! The advertising data should say this explicitly in the advertisement so that a deception is not foisted on the public! Bad situation - plus the tech offered absolutely no assistance in getting my money refunded…. I'm sorely disappointed!!!