Still shopping around for last minute gifts for your friends or family? Consider these three books authored by Cult of Mac writers, which may be just what you’re looking for.
For The Mac Intellectual: Inside Steve’s Brain by Leander Kahney. Leander is Cult of Mac’s owner and chief editor and author of the acclaimed best-selling titles The Cult of Mac and The Cult of iPod. This book explores the history of Apple with a particular emphasis on the personality of Steve Jobs and how his professional acumen, innovative spirit, perfectionism and uncanny design sensibility contributed to the company’s overwhelming success. Artfully written and filled with memorable anecdotes along the way, this book examines the entire spectrum of Jobs’ personality. Inside Steve’s Brain is both exceedingly entertaining and informative and is perfect for anyone with an interest in Steve Jobs or Apple. You can purchase it for $24.95 or less from Amazon.com.
For The Serious Mac User/Wannabe Guru: Mac Kung Fu by Keir Thomas. Keir writes our Mac tips here at Cult of Mac and this book is in a very similar style to those postings: it contains over 300 tips for Mac OS X Lion, most of which take less than a minute to implement. Think of the hints and hacks that reveal hidden features and apps, or activate secret settings. Each area of OS X is targeted: Dock, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mission Control, etc. As Keir points out, this book contains stuff even Mac Geniuses don’t know, and the aim is to boost productivity and simply have more fun with your Mac. In other words, this isn’t your Mac OS X Lion for Dummies. You can buy the book at Amazon and an eBook version is available at the publisher’s website.
For The Frugal Shopper or Mac Novice: Buying and Owning a Mac: Secrets Apple Doesn’t Want You to Know by Jonathan Zschau. Jonathan is a lifelong Mac user, Massachusetts attorney, consumer rights advocate, and contributing writer at Cult of Mac. This book is the perfect stocking stuffer for the thrifty shopper or Mac novice in your life — perhaps your parents or your not-so technically inclined friends. Buying and Owning a Mac is a crash course on how to save time and money by being a savvy Mac owner. It’s packed with valuable, practical, and easy to understand advice about everything from where, when, and how to select the right Mac for you to how to get Apple to repair or replace your Mac if it turns out to be a lemon. It’s everything you need to know to be a sensible and informed owner of Apple products. You can purchase it for $9.99 or less from Amazon.com or from the publisher’s website.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Cult of Mac!