Electronic books are a new phenomenon in the publishing world. TidBITS publishing is one of the first to deliver electronic books to readers with their Take Control series. One advantage is the speed of publication which can quickly respond to the ever-changing computer industry months before printed text is available.
One of the latest TidBITS e-books is Joe Kissell's Take Control of Email with Apple Mail. Other books by Kissell include Take Control of Upgrading to Panther, Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail and 50 Fast Mac OS X Techniques. TidBITS' latest offering of over 95 pages includes problem solving, managing mail setup, reading email, create email, making mail work better, glossary, and an appendix of software add--ons for Apple Mail.
A hot link for each of a dozen issues in the Problems and Solutions section whisks electronic readers to an immediate answer. Instructions are included for printing the book at home as well as how to keep informed of free updates. Readers can download the book to their own computer and read as many times as desired.
The first half of the book offers detailed discussion of setting up Apple Mail and will appeal more to those in network situations, especially businesses. Not until the last half of the book will the general reader benefit from discussion of using the software.
Help screens within Apple Mail can guide beginners but it would take them months to gain the author's experience and cautions. Beginners may wish to compare Kissell's book to the new Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps book which for about $20 offers discussion and many more screen shots of over 17 Mac applications including Apple Mail.
In summary, the book is especially useful for networked users and offers additional information not offered in beginning texts.