I had a meeting with our creative director yesterday to see the “hot off the press” covers for our new series of titles. We call them “Fan Books,” and I’m already hooked on ‘em.
First of all, the covers are absolutely beautiful. And the interiors are just as sharp. What we’ve done with this series is create a new kind of guide for specific pieces of hardware. These books do two important things. First, they help the reader get up to speed as quickly as possible. No, we don’t tell you everything there is to know about the hardware (that’s another book altogether) — but cover the things you need to know.
Along the way we show you the absolute coolest accessories for the device. This includes everything from the most stylish cases to laptop stands with built-in fans powered by the USB port.
Everything is in full color with meticulous design. Each book is a gem unto itself (and affordable too!).
We have the first book on the shelves now, and the next four will be available by the end of the month. Here’s the current line up:
- iPod Fan Book by Kasukuni Notomi (available now).
- iBook Fan Book by Derrick Story (late Nov.).
- Treo Fan Book by Jeff Ishaq (late Nov.).
- PowerBook Fan Book by Derrick Story (late Nov.).
- Xbox Fan Book by Mark Holt Walker (late Nov.).
The last thing I want to say about these books is this: You and I will like them because of the interesting accessories and the handy information they contain in a compact package. But even better, these are books you can give to your less-geeky friends and family members to help them get acquainted with, and appreciate, these devices. They are very accessible.
I can say this for a fact because I wrote two of them — iBook and PowerBook editions. After the introduction and getting acquainted text, I walk the reader through all of the System Preferences, then discuss Safari, Mail, iChat, Address Book, iCal, Stickies, iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, and share lots of tips along the way.
If someone you know is making the switch to the Mac, or getting their first iPod, or trying the Treo, or thinking about the Xbox, take a look at these new guides. I think you’ll like what you see.