My New iPad 2: A User’s Guide

If you’ve gotten an iPad to try out digital comics — it really is the best device possible for that task — then you may find yourself a bit confused. Even if you’re a long-time Mac user, there are some quirks to the iOS operating system. A friendly, easy-to-read help guide like this one might come in handy.

The sections and chapters are clearly organized, starting with basic controls — power, user interface, on-screen keyboard — and moving through setup and apps, web browsing and email, using media (music, videos, photos), and organization (notes, calendar, contacts). The final section has app recommendations, special needs (such as foreign languages), and troubleshooting.

The chapters are short, with color pictures so you can follow along with the directions. The emphasis is on a recipe-style approach, so you don’t have to read the book all the way through — looking up just what you need help with works.

The material is definitely aimed at the novice user; intermediates or experts may find the detailed step-by-step instructions a bit too much hand-holding. But I learned some things about the iPad in the notes and the chapter-ending “Additional Ideas” sections. It’s also nice, when you’ve discovered a new trick with the iPad, to read more about the “right” way to do it or find if there’s more to know.

This book would make an excellent gift for a new iPad user. Apple devices are easy to use, true, but some people like knowing there’s some kind of manual to turn to if they want to know more. (The publisher provided a review copy.)

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