Take Control Publishing has version 1.1 of Tonya Engst’s “Take Control of Your iPad,” Completely updated for the third-generation iPad and all the changes in iOS 5.1, the 188-page ebook is available for US$15 at http://tid.bl.it/your-ipad-ebook .
“Take Control of Your iPad” is designed to work at two levels. The person just getting started will learn about the special hardware components in the iPad, take a tour of the parts and ports on the edge of the iPad, and find tips on key accessories. Engst provides advice on how best to answer questions asked by the Setup Assistant — including Location Services, Wi-Fi and cellular data Internet connections, Apple ID, iCloud, and Voice Dictation — plus assistance with setting up services that the Setup Assistant doesn’t handle, including the passcode lock, Bluetooth and tethered connections, notifications, and an effective custom iTunes sync. The book also has real-world advice on buying and managing third-party apps.
On the other hand, if you have your iPad up and running already, the rest of the book helps you master core iPad apps such as Contacts, Photos, iBooks, Music, and Safari. So, for instance, you’ll learn how to change contact labels and add Birthday and Related People fields in Contacts, how to sync your Google calendars and contacts to your iPad, how to configure which categories appear in your Spotlight searches, how to work with Photo Stream, which formats and transfer methods work with the Videos app, and more.