Mac at Work, the Book

I’ve received several e-mails complaining about how posts have slowed down at MacSparky.com. I am finally able to explain why. A few years ago I realized that while a lot of people are carrying Macs to work, very few of these Mac workers are taking full advantage of the goodness that is OS X. So, I decided to write a book. After several fits and starts, I signed a contract with Wiley Press and have spent my nights and weekends for the last five months writing 90,000 words.

The book is called “Mac at Work.”

This project has been my passion for the last two years and I’m excited to finally share it.
The book is intended as a reference and filled with recommendations and workflows. It includes 24 chapters covering all of the most common topics you’ll run against when using your Mac to get work done. Each chapter is self-contained and intended as a reference on its particular subject. For instance, there’s a chapter on synchronizing your Mac with your office network. Likewise, there are chapters on running Windows on your Mac, managing PDF files, preparing presentations, and tackling e-mail. The list goes on; You get the idea.

The process of writing the book was my own nerdy epic adventure. For the first month I was convinced I’d be getting a call any moment from Wiley Press explaining they were very sorry but green lighting this book was obviously a big mistake. Thankfully, that call never came. I look forward to sharing the details of how I went about writing a book in future posts.

The book is now nearly done. It’s full-color and the layout is gorgeous. It will be in bookstores and the Apple iBookstore. The book is 350 pages (or thereabouts) and will release on January 17, 2011, a week before Macworld. It will go up on Amazon before that and you can trust that I’ll have links here when that happens.

There is no other book like this. As a result, the publisher wanted me to stay quiet until now. Looking forward, completion of the book means that I’ll be able to devote more attention to MacSparky.com. If you are a Mac worker or know a Mac worker, stay tuned for more details.

102 Comments Mac at Work, the Book

  1. ronproto@gmail.com

    Congratulations, sign me up.

    Here is a tip. Have your followers, your loyal and faithful fans, pre-order the book on Amazon just before it's released. It's a short time window blitz. It will send your book to the top of the charts. Jerry Osteryoung, another author I follow, did it and his book hit the top of the chart.

    Here is Dr. Jerry's bio and contact information.

    Jerry Osteryoung is the Director of Outreach of the Jim Moran Institute for Global
    Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University; the Jim Moran
    Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Professor of Finance. He was the founding Executive
    Director of the Jim Moran Institute and served in that position from 1995 through 2008. He
    can be reached by e-mail at jerry.osteryoung@gmail.com. All of Osteryoung's articles can be
    found in a searchable form at http://jmi.fsu.edu/Entrepreneurs/Resources/Jerry-s-Articles.

    Reply
  2. ronproto@gmail.com

    Congratulations, sign me up.

    Here is a tip. Have your followers, your loyal and faithful fans, pre-order the book on Amazon just before it's released. It's a short time window blitz. It will send your book to the top of the charts. Jerry Osteryoung, another author I follow, did it and his book hit the top of the chart.

    Here is Dr. Jerry's bio and contact information.

    Jerry Osteryoung is the Director of Outreach of the Jim Moran Institute for Global
    Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University; the Jim Moran
    Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Professor of Finance. He was the founding Executive
    Director of the Jim Moran Institute and served in that position from 1995 through 2008. He
    can be reached by e-mail at jerry.osteryoung@gmail.com. All of Osteryoung's articles can be
    found in a searchable form at http://jmi.fsu.edu/Entrepreneurs/Resources/Jerry-s-Articles.

    Reply
  3. ronproto@gmail.com

    Congratulations, sign me up.

    Here is a tip. Have your followers, your loyal and faithful fans, pre-order the book on Amazon just before it's released. It's a short time window blitz. It will send your book to the top of the charts. Jerry Osteryoung, another author I follow, did it and his book hit the top of the chart.

    Here is Dr. Jerry's bio and contact information.

    Jerry Osteryoung is the Director of Outreach of the Jim Moran Institute for Global
    Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University; the Jim Moran
    Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Professor of Finance. He was the founding Executive
    Director of the Jim Moran Institute and served in that position from 1995 through 2008. He
    can be reached by e-mail at jerry.osteryoung@gmail.com. All of Osteryoung's articles can be
    found in a searchable form at http://jmi.fsu.edu/Entrepreneurs/Resources/Jerry-s-Articles.

    Reply
  4. ronproto@gmail.com

    Congratulations, sign me up.

    Here is a tip. Have your followers, your loyal and faithful fans, pre-order the book on Amazon just before it's released. It's a short time window blitz. It will send your book to the top of the charts. Jerry Osteryoung, another author I follow, did it and his book hit the top of the chart.

    Here is Dr. Jerry's bio and contact information.

    Jerry Osteryoung is the Director of Outreach of the Jim Moran Institute for Global
    Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University; the Jim Moran
    Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Professor of Finance. He was the founding Executive
    Director of the Jim Moran Institute and served in that position from 1995 through 2008. He
    can be reached by e-mail at jerry.osteryoung@gmail.com. All of Osteryoung's articles can be
    found in a searchable form at http://jmi.fsu.edu/Entrepreneurs/Resources/Jerry-s-Articles.

    Reply
  5. ronproto@gmail.com

    Congratulations, sign me up.

    Here is a tip. Have your followers, your loyal and faithful fans, pre-order the book on Amazon just before it's released. It's a short time window blitz. It will send your book to the top of the charts. Jerry Osteryoung, another author I follow, did it and his book hit the top of the chart.

    Here is Dr. Jerry's bio and contact information.

    Jerry Osteryoung is the Director of Outreach of the Jim Moran Institute for Global
    Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University; the Jim Moran
    Professor of Entrepreneurship; and Professor of Finance. He was the founding Executive
    Director of the Jim Moran Institute and served in that position from 1995 through 2008. He
    can be reached by e-mail at jerry.osteryoung@gmail.com. All of Osteryoung's articles can be
    found in a searchable form at http://jmi.fsu.edu/Entrepreneurs/Resources/Jerry-s-Articles.

    Reply
  6. Katie@macpowerusers.com

    I'm in awe of you David, I don't know bow you managed everything. Congratulations on putting this baby to bed. I will be first in line to buy a copy, and like a true geek, will ask you to autograph it for me at Macworld. I'm so excited for you!

    Reply
  7. Katie@macpowerusers.com

    I'm in awe of you David, I don't know bow you managed everything. Congratulations on putting this baby to bed. I will be first in line to buy a copy, and like a true geek, will ask you to autograph it for me at Macworld. I'm so excited for you!

    Reply
  8. Katie@macpowerusers.com

    I'm in awe of you David, I don't know bow you managed everything. Congratulations on putting this baby to bed. I will be first in line to buy a copy, and like a true geek, will ask you to autograph it for me at Macworld. I'm so excited for you!

    Reply
  9. Katie@macpowerusers.com

    I'm in awe of you David, I don't know bow you managed everything. Congratulations on putting this baby to bed. I will be first in line to buy a copy, and like a true geek, will ask you to autograph it for me at Macworld. I'm so excited for you!

    Reply
  10. Katie@macpowerusers.com

    I'm in awe of you David, I don't know bow you managed everything. Congratulations on putting this baby to bed. I will be first in line to buy a copy, and like a true geek, will ask you to autograph it for me at Macworld. I'm so excited for you!

    Reply
  11. Tesaccounts@mac.com

    Congratulations, David! I'll be first in line to purchase your book when it becomes available (fortunately there are no line-ups at the iBookstore ;). A request that you make sure that it will be available for purchase in electronic form here in Canada – not all books are available north of the border.

    Reply
  12. Tesaccounts@mac.com

    Congratulations, David! I'll be first in line to purchase your book when it becomes available (fortunately there are no line-ups at the iBookstore ;). A request that you make sure that it will be available for purchase in electronic form here in Canada – not all books are available north of the border.

    Reply
  13. Tesaccounts@mac.com

    Congratulations, David! I'll be first in line to purchase your book when it becomes available (fortunately there are no line-ups at the iBookstore ;). A request that you make sure that it will be available for purchase in electronic form here in Canada – not all books are available north of the border.

    Reply
  14. Tesaccounts@mac.com

    Congratulations, David! I'll be first in line to purchase your book when it becomes available (fortunately there are no line-ups at the iBookstore ;). A request that you make sure that it will be available for purchase in electronic form here in Canada – not all books are available north of the border.

    Reply
  15. Tesaccounts@mac.com

    Congratulations, David! I'll be first in line to purchase your book when it becomes available (fortunately there are no line-ups at the iBookstore ;). A request that you make sure that it will be available for purchase in electronic form here in Canada – not all books are available north of the border.

    Reply
  16. surfbits@gmail.com

    Congrats David! I can't wait to get it in my hands. Sharing your knowledge of the topic with this book is perfect for anyone that wants to use their Mac in a Windows environment. I'm certain it will be a Wiley Press best seller.

    Reply
  17. surfbits@gmail.com

    Congrats David! I can't wait to get it in my hands. Sharing your knowledge of the topic with this book is perfect for anyone that wants to use their Mac in a Windows environment. I'm certain it will be a Wiley Press best seller.

    Reply
  18. surfbits@gmail.com

    Congrats David! I can't wait to get it in my hands. Sharing your knowledge of the topic with this book is perfect for anyone that wants to use their Mac in a Windows environment. I'm certain it will be a Wiley Press best seller.

    Reply
  19. surfbits@gmail.com

    Congrats David! I can't wait to get it in my hands. Sharing your knowledge of the topic with this book is perfect for anyone that wants to use their Mac in a Windows environment. I'm certain it will be a Wiley Press best seller.

    Reply
  20. surfbits@gmail.com

    Congrats David! I can't wait to get it in my hands. Sharing your knowledge of the topic with this book is perfect for anyone that wants to use their Mac in a Windows environment. I'm certain it will be a Wiley Press best seller.

    Reply
  21. jim@jimscomputing.com

    This is so awesome David! Writing a book is so incredibly intense that someone who has never done it can't imagine. To accept that on top of your other tasks is quite a show of fortitude and perseverance!

    Good job, congrats! I'm looking forward to reading your baby when it's available!

    Reply
  22. jim@jimscomputing.com

    This is so awesome David! Writing a book is so incredibly intense that someone who has never done it can't imagine. To accept that on top of your other tasks is quite a show of fortitude and perseverance!

    Good job, congrats! I'm looking forward to reading your baby when it's available!

    Reply
  23. jim@jimscomputing.com

    This is so awesome David! Writing a book is so incredibly intense that someone who has never done it can't imagine. To accept that on top of your other tasks is quite a show of fortitude and perseverance!

    Good job, congrats! I'm looking forward to reading your baby when it's available!

    Reply
  24. jim@jimscomputing.com

    This is so awesome David! Writing a book is so incredibly intense that someone who has never done it can't imagine. To accept that on top of your other tasks is quite a show of fortitude and perseverance!

    Good job, congrats! I'm looking forward to reading your baby when it's available!

    Reply
  25. jim@jimscomputing.com

    This is so awesome David! Writing a book is so incredibly intense that someone who has never done it can't imagine. To accept that on top of your other tasks is quite a show of fortitude and perseverance!

    Good job, congrats! I'm looking forward to reading your baby when it's available!

    Reply
  26. djqshop@me.com

    Great, David! I will buy it and will (hopefully) have you sign it at my first ever MacWorld visit. I think you are awesome and love yours and Katie's podcasts. So helpful!

    Congrats!

    Reply
  27. djqshop@me.com

    Great, David! I will buy it and will (hopefully) have you sign it at my first ever MacWorld visit. I think you are awesome and love yours and Katie's podcasts. So helpful!

    Congrats!

    Reply
  28. djqshop@me.com

    Great, David! I will buy it and will (hopefully) have you sign it at my first ever MacWorld visit. I think you are awesome and love yours and Katie's podcasts. So helpful!

    Congrats!

    Reply
  29. djqshop@me.com

    Great, David! I will buy it and will (hopefully) have you sign it at my first ever MacWorld visit. I think you are awesome and love yours and Katie's podcasts. So helpful!

    Congrats!

    Reply
  30. djqshop@me.com

    Great, David! I will buy it and will (hopefully) have you sign it at my first ever MacWorld visit. I think you are awesome and love yours and Katie's podcasts. So helpful!

    Congrats!

    Reply
  31. gavinpillay@mweb.co.za

    That's great, David. I look forward to reading it.
    I'm from South Africa, so I hope you going to offer an electronic version on Kobostore or O'Reilly.
    We don't have an iBook store here 🙁

    Maybe Wiley can sell an electronic version directly ?

    Reply
  32. gavinpillay@mweb.co.za

    That's great, David. I look forward to reading it.
    I'm from South Africa, so I hope you going to offer an electronic version on Kobostore or O'Reilly.
    We don't have an iBook store here 🙁

    Maybe Wiley can sell an electronic version directly ?

    Reply
  33. gavinpillay@mweb.co.za

    That's great, David. I look forward to reading it.
    I'm from South Africa, so I hope you going to offer an electronic version on Kobostore or O'Reilly.
    We don't have an iBook store here 🙁

    Maybe Wiley can sell an electronic version directly ?

    Reply
  34. gavinpillay@mweb.co.za

    That's great, David. I look forward to reading it.
    I'm from South Africa, so I hope you going to offer an electronic version on Kobostore or O'Reilly.
    We don't have an iBook store here 🙁

    Maybe Wiley can sell an electronic version directly ?

    Reply
  35. gavinpillay@mweb.co.za

    That's great, David. I look forward to reading it.
    I'm from South Africa, so I hope you going to offer an electronic version on Kobostore or O'Reilly.
    We don't have an iBook store here 🙁

    Maybe Wiley can sell an electronic version directly ?

    Reply
  36. anthonyjross@mac.com

    So much of what you post here and present in MPU has helped me so much that I am certain it is pretty much pointless for me to even try to work anymore until I can get my hands (or eyes) on your book and learn the nearly magical processes that you've distilled and will teach so well. Congratulations on yet another achievement!

    Reply
  37. anthonyjross@mac.com

    So much of what you post here and present in MPU has helped me so much that I am certain it is pretty much pointless for me to even try to work anymore until I can get my hands (or eyes) on your book and learn the nearly magical processes that you've distilled and will teach so well. Congratulations on yet another achievement!

    Reply
  38. anthonyjross@mac.com

    So much of what you post here and present in MPU has helped me so much that I am certain it is pretty much pointless for me to even try to work anymore until I can get my hands (or eyes) on your book and learn the nearly magical processes that you've distilled and will teach so well. Congratulations on yet another achievement!

    Reply
  39. anthonyjross@mac.com

    So much of what you post here and present in MPU has helped me so much that I am certain it is pretty much pointless for me to even try to work anymore until I can get my hands (or eyes) on your book and learn the nearly magical processes that you've distilled and will teach so well. Congratulations on yet another achievement!

    Reply
  40. anthonyjross@mac.com

    So much of what you post here and present in MPU has helped me so much that I am certain it is pretty much pointless for me to even try to work anymore until I can get my hands (or eyes) on your book and learn the nearly magical processes that you've distilled and will teach so well. Congratulations on yet another achievement!

    Reply
  41. achirrick@me.com

    Congrats David. You and Katie have helped me in so many ways, I can't thank-you enough. I will definitely pre-order from Amazon and get the iBook version on the iPad.

    Reply
  42. achirrick@me.com

    Congrats David. You and Katie have helped me in so many ways, I can't thank-you enough. I will definitely pre-order from Amazon and get the iBook version on the iPad.

    Reply
  43. achirrick@me.com

    Congrats David. You and Katie have helped me in so many ways, I can't thank-you enough. I will definitely pre-order from Amazon and get the iBook version on the iPad.

    Reply
  44. achirrick@me.com

    Congrats David. You and Katie have helped me in so many ways, I can't thank-you enough. I will definitely pre-order from Amazon and get the iBook version on the iPad.

    Reply
  45. achirrick@me.com

    Congrats David. You and Katie have helped me in so many ways, I can't thank-you enough. I will definitely pre-order from Amazon and get the iBook version on the iPad.

    Reply
  46. landyamarie@gmail.com

    Outstanding, my friend! And, congratulations!

    I will pre-order this one.

    Maybe audible will have you read your own book.

    Reply
  47. landyamarie@gmail.com

    Outstanding, my friend! And, congratulations!

    I will pre-order this one.

    Maybe audible will have you read your own book.

    Reply
  48. landyamarie@gmail.com

    Outstanding, my friend! And, congratulations!

    I will pre-order this one.

    Maybe audible will have you read your own book.

    Reply
  49. landyamarie@gmail.com

    Outstanding, my friend! And, congratulations!

    I will pre-order this one.

    Maybe audible will have you read your own book.

    Reply
  50. landyamarie@gmail.com

    Outstanding, my friend! And, congratulations!

    I will pre-order this one.

    Maybe audible will have you read your own book.

    Reply
  51. sarahlsparks@mac.com

    Dad I think it is really cool that you wrote a book. I am really proud of you now at
    School I can say my dad wrote a book I love you

    Your little girl Sarah Sparks

    Reply
  52. sarahlsparks@mac.com

    Dad I think it is really cool that you wrote a book. I am really proud of you now at
    School I can say my dad wrote a book I love you

    Your little girl Sarah Sparks

    Reply
  53. sarahlsparks@mac.com

    Dad I think it is really cool that you wrote a book. I am really proud of you now at
    School I can say my dad wrote a book I love you

    Your little girl Sarah Sparks

    Reply
  54. sarahlsparks@mac.com

    Dad I think it is really cool that you wrote a book. I am really proud of you now at
    School I can say my dad wrote a book I love you

    Your little girl Sarah Sparks

    Reply
  55. sarahlsparks@mac.com

    Dad I think it is really cool that you wrote a book. I am really proud of you now at
    School I can say my dad wrote a book I love you

    Your little girl Sarah Sparks

    Reply
  56. jonathan.cisco@gmail.com

    Just curious, but why such a high kindle price? ($16.40)

    The book looks very promising!

    Reply
  57. jonathan.cisco@gmail.com

    Just curious, but why such a high kindle price? ($16.40)

    The book looks very promising!

    Reply
  58. jonathan.cisco@gmail.com

    Just curious, but why such a high kindle price? ($16.40)

    The book looks very promising!

    Reply
  59. jonathan.cisco@gmail.com

    Just curious, but why such a high kindle price? ($16.40)

    The book looks very promising!

    Reply
  60. jonathan.cisco@gmail.com

    Just curious, but why such a high kindle price? ($16.40)

    The book looks very promising!

    Reply

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