We haven’t had any ebook announcements for some time now, but while Tonya was enjoying some much deserved vacation, I stayed home to work on the TidBITS redesign and on getting these two iPhone books ready. It’s becoming ever harder to resist the iPhone’s siren song, especially with the price drop, but I still can’t quite justify the monthly cost considering how little I use my cell phone. Luckily, the new iPod touch looks like an excellent way to dip my toes into the iPhone lake before it grows into an ocean. If you’re like me, and considering an iPhone, or if you’ve already taken the plunge, check out these books for everything you need to know, including how to solve problems that crop up. Buy both and save 20 percent!
“Macworld iPhone Superguide” Goes Beyond Basics — Apple’s iPhone has set the standard for industrial design and cell phone functionality. But it’s actually a full-fledged computer with a Web browser, email client, and network-savvy software. In the “Macworld iPhone Superguide,” the technology experts at Macworld explain it all, walking you through setup and activation, explaining the iPhone’s email and text messages, and putting you in control of Safari and the iPhone’s other applications. You’ll also learn how to access both your own and YouTube videos, the best ways to use your iPhone’s iPod capabilities, and how to sync photos with your iPhone. Rounding out the ebook are sections on iPhone accessories and on troubleshooting. It’s $12.95.
“Take Control of Troubleshooting Your iPhone” — The iPhone is utterly cool, but it’s still a 1.0 product and can suffer significant problems. In “Take Control of Troubleshooting Your iPhone,” an indispensable book from the guru of troubleshooting, MacFixIt founder Ted Landau, you’ll learn to solve activation problems, how to prevent iPhone freezes and what to do when they do happen, the best ways of resetting and restoring your iPhone to default settings, and more. Ted also pays close attention to helping you work through syncing problems and sync with multiple computers. For the security conscious, he explains how to protect an iPhone with Passcode Lock and SIM PIN. No matter what ails your iPhone, Ted Landau has the calm, friendly advice you need to find a solution. “Take Control of Troubleshooting Your iPhone” is available in draft-release form for $10; if you buy now, you can read and comment on the 71-page draft.