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We’re pleased to present our latest ebook, “Take Control of Your iPad, Second Edition,” written by our intrepid editor-in-chief Tonya Engst to help people get more delight from any iPad running iOS 6. Although this guide has something for nearly any iPad user, more-advanced iPad users may not see it as necessary… but if that’s true of you, we bet you know someone who does need it! So, as you’ll see below, we think you should buy a copy and share it with a less-geeky friend or relative. (Encouraging sharing? From a book publisher? Heresy!)

Why, you may ask, put significant effort into completing a 226-page ebook that will become increasingly out of date as Apple releases new iPads and iOS updates? Tonya has struggled with that question over the past weeks, particularly as she sat down to write each weekend day for the last month.

What she realized is that the answer is a single word: Delight. She wants people to be delighted with the iPad. Many iPad users get around on it well enough, but aren’t having the amazing experience they should be. They sell themselves short. They can’t find their stuff. They scroll laboriously when they could tap to navigate. They put up with a cacophony of noisy notifications. They miss important email messages. They watch video on the iPad when they could stream it to an Apple TV. They need help... even if they don’t realize that they do. If you, or someone you know, fits that description, “Take Control of Your iPad, Second Edition” can provide the necessary help.

So here’s the deal. Consider your purchase a two-fer. Buy the $15 “Take Control of Your iPad, Second Edition” for yourself, but make a copy and give it to the less-geeky person in your life who really needs it. And if you learn something new too, all the better. We’re serious about this — our goal is to help people with technology, and the best way we know to do that is to get them to read what we write, while still keeping the lights on and the bits flowing.

Here’s a sampling of the many ways this ebook aims to increase iPad delight:

  • Learn (or remember) the fun four- and five-fingered gestures.
  • Sort out the many different ways to turn down the volume.
  • Use Siri to tell the iPad what to do (new-in-2012 iPads only).
  • Fill out your “card” in Contacts and autofill contact info when shopping.
  • Create a calendar — and share it with other people.
  • Finally get iTunes syncing working the way it should.
  • Use the drag-down Notification Center — and even tweet from it.
  • Explore iTunes U — it’s like going to college, but without deadlines.
  • Sync Safari tabs, Read Later items, and bookmarks with iCloud.
  • Get expert tips for a successful Home screen organization.
  • Fall asleep with an audiobook, and wake to your favorite music.

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Join Take Control editor in chief Tonya Engst on her quest to make the iPad experience more delightful, whether you're new to the iPad or not making the most of it, thanks to its many buried settings and hidden features. Covers iOS 6 and all the latest iPads! Special two-fer offer: Buy one and share it with an iPad-using friend or relative!

 

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