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Introductory Books

Take Control eBooks from TidBITS

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TidBITS has been providing Apple and Macintosh news, reviews, tips and commentary since 1990. In 2004, the TidBITS team began publishing the Take Control series of inexpensive "eBooks" that you read on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Kindle.

Each $10-$20 ebook focuses on a specific topic, from Take Control of Buying a Mac to Using Mountain Lion to Running Windows on a Mac to Making Music with GarageBand to Wi-Fi Security.

They also offer lifestyle ebooks about iPad, Digital TV, and even Cheap Airline Tickets and Thanksgiving Dinner (I kid you not!).

Check out the whole Take Control catalog (more than 125 ebooks).

Hint: Download free samples of any Take Control ebooks to review the table of contents and dozens of sample pages.

Advanced Books

The Missing Manual series

Pogue Press publishes an acclaimed series of [product name]: The Missing Manual books that provide in-depth tutorials on introductory to advanced features of the specific products. These books take off where the product Help leaves off.

Here are some to get you started.

Apple Pro Training series

The Apple Pro Training Series from Peachpit Press is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Pro Training and Certification Program.