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Three Take Control Books Prepare You for Mountain Lion

Now that Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has left its cage and is prowling toward the hard drives and SSDs of millions of Mac users, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve kept up the tradition we started with 10.3 Panther and maintained through every subsequent big cat: releasing essential ebooks simultaneously with the new operating system.

This year we have three Take Control ebooks to help Mac users make Mountain Lion purr: Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion,” Matt Neuburg’s “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion,” and Joe’s “Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion.” Available individually and in various discounted bundles, these three books provide Mac users with the essential information they need to install Mountain Lion, master its new and revised features, and make use of the latest refinements in what is probably Mac OS X’s most-used application, Apple Mail.

Upgrade to Mountain Lion -- The latest entry in Joe Kissell’s long-running Upgrading series, “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion,” takes users through the steps that will result in the optimal installation of Mountain Lion for them, whether they are upgrading from Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion. Nor are those migrating from older, incompatible Macs left out: Joe provides the best methods for moving from an old Mac to a new Mountain Lion Mac. The $15, 168-page ebook provides up-to-the-minute guidance for those who are impatient to take the upgrade plunge, and is a free upgrade for those who bought the 1.0 version (look for email from us, or click the “access extras related to this ebook” link in the “About This Book” chapter).

Use Mountain Lion -- Once they’ve upgraded or migrated to Mountain Lion, Mac users can turn to Matt Neuburg’s “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion,” which takes them on an insightful journey through Mountain Lion’s features and idiosyncrasies. Matt helps users decide what they want out of Mountain Lion and then explains how they can get it. As he has for the other books in his Customizing/Using Mac OS X series, Matt brings a keen eye and a razor wit to his exploration of Mountain Lion’s capabilities, whether they are important system-wide additions, such as Notifications, Gatekeeper, Voice Dictation, and AirPlay Mirroring, or fundamental changes, such as Mountain Lion’s new “modern document model” and how it gives you three ways to save documents: the old way, the new way, and the new way with iCloud. The $15, 204-page ebook (free to those who purchased the pre-order 1.0 version) compiles key information about Mountain Lion that will help both those familiar with Lion and those making the jump from a pre-Lion system.

Master Mountain Lion Mail -- Rounding out the trio of Mountain Lion releases is Joe’s “Take Control of Apple Mail in Mountain Lion.” This title, the latest in a series that stretches back to 10.3 Panther, gives users a thorough guide to Apple Mail’s sometimes hidden and occasionally surprising features. Drawing upon his extensive knowledge of Mail, Joe shows users how to adapt Mail to their needs, whether they are integrating Mail with Gmail, using search tokens and Boolean searches, exploiting the new VIP mailboxes, constructing powerful smart mailboxes, using encryption, canning spam, or managing Mail notifications. Available for $15, the 143-page ebook is by far the most comprehensive resource about Apple Mail available.

Each of these books stands on its own, of course, but we’ve also designed them to work together, and because of that, we’re offering two discounted bundles: a $5-off “Two to Tango” bundle that brings together Joe’s “Upgrading” and Matt’s “Using” ebooks for only $25, and a 30-percent-off “Ménage à Mountain Lion” bundle that provides all three Mountain Lion ebooks for $31.50 instead of $45 (save $13.50).

Finally, remember that owners of either “Take Control of Upgrading to Mountain Lion” or “Take Control of Using Mountain Lion” and TidBITS members are invited to join us live for an upcoming online TidBITS Presents session about Mountain Lion. If you miss the live event, you can still watch later. For details, see “TidBITS Presents “Upgrading to and Using Mountain Lion”” (16 July 2012), and check your email, since we’ve already sent schedule details to invitees once and will do so again on the day of the presentation.


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Comments about Three Take Control Books Prepare You for Mountain Lion
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Russell Tolman  2012-07-26 05:27
just wondering if those of us who bought Upgrading and Using lion before the release are able to somehow get a discount on Mail? Thanks for all the great thing you do for the Mac community.
Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-08-01 10:26
Russell... We try to consider typical purchasing paths when we set up our bundles, but it's not always possible to tell everyone about every possible purchasing angle to save as much money as possible - our Take Control email is already on the long side!

For the most part, depending on a customer's specific case, they may have already gotten such a huge discount that there's really no need for more discounting - our authors have to eat and keep current in their computer use. And, of course, TidBITS members get a 30% discount anyway on all Take Control ebooks, if they shop with the code available through the My Account/Member Benefits area in the left sidebar on the TidBITS site.

In your case, I see two people with your name in the Take Control database. One person has an old copy of the Mail ebook, so can get an upgrade discount through it. The other person is a TidBITS member and should have bought Up and Using for a much more significant discount not even through their membership but with an even bigger upgrade discount that we made available to people who had the Lion copies. (It's possible, based on purchase dates, that both these people with your name are the same person, and the two accounts need to be merged. Or, possibly neither one is you.)

If you can get in touch through the form at the bottom of you can let us know your email address or recent order number and we can sort you out specifically.
Russell Tolman  2012-07-26 17:36
Hi, It is probably the same person. I get two different e-mail from Tidbits. I am a member. rjtolman@[redacted].com is my e-mail address. Would be great to combine both accounts.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-07-26 17:36
All merged now! Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your support of TidBITS and Take Control!
Maybe I interpret things incorrectly, but after reading this AND the 3-ebook option, I thought to order all three e-books for $31.50. Using my Tidbits membership, I expected to receive an additional 30% off, so I could buy all three books for a grand total of $ 22.50 but I couldn't get your system to allow that.
Or I am just too stupid to find out how to do that ;-)

Best regards, and keep up the good work!
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-07-31 10:24
No, sorry, coupons and discounts can't be combined (otherwise people would probably save them up until we'd have to pay them to take the books! :-)).

The utility of the 30% TidBITS membership discount is that it can be applied to as few or as many books as you want, at any time, regardless of other bundle requirements. But it won't always be the absolute best deal, since we sometimes have larger sales or steeply discounted upgrades when not much has changed between editions.

Thanks for the kind words!