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August 17, 2006

Going to College? Donít Forget Your Missing Manuals

Sebastopol, CA--To the disbelief of many parents, college students do crack open books to learn more about their new computer gear.

And with more and more students who grew up with PCs heading off to college with new Mac laptops, a reference book about making the switch can help reduce back-to-school jitters.

O'Reilly offers witty, informative, and easy-to-use reference guides including the bestselling series--The Missing Manual, the book that should have been in the box. The series entertainingly enables readers to learn how to use their new laptops, digital cameras, and software.

Here are several books we think belong on every back-to-school list for college bound students, (and high schoolers, too).

  • For new Mac users: Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, US $24.95) takes the questions, dread, and frustration out of moving to the Mac. From transferring your stuff from a PC to a Mac to recreating your software suite, the author--New York Times columnist David Pogue--answers every student's question.

  • Taming the Tiger: Mac OS X: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, US $29.95) takes readers on a thoroughly entertaining tour of Tiger. Author David Pogue shares insider tips and tricks for using new features like Spotlight, Dashboard, and Automator--including many easy, streamlined shortcuts.

  • Studying Google-style: Google Hacks: Tips & Tools for Finding and Using the World's Information by Rael Dornfest, Paul Bausch, Tara Calishain (O'Reilly, US $24.99) puts hundreds of new insider research and studying strategies at students' fingertips.

  • For photography students: In Photoshop Workflow Setups (O'Reilly, US $29.99), award-winning photographer and Photoshop Hall of Fame nominee Eddie Tapp can help photography students and enthusiasts organize their workspace and work more efficiently.
  • And in the long-anticipated Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography (O'Reilly, US $39.99), a master teacher shares how to use digital technology to develop and refine one's artistic expression.
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