The Mac Library

2000: One of my other duties at Low End Mac, besides writing the articles you love to read every week, is helping out at the LEM Help Desk. Here, people email me (and a few others) with Mac questions. Most of the time, these questions are simple “how do I . . .” questions. Whenever I get one of these questions, I go straight to my library of Mac books to get the answer.

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Once I get the answer to the question, the person who asked it sometimes feels somewhat dumb about it. I explain that I got the answer from one of my many Mac books. But, don’t fear, today I will show you how to create the ultimate Mac library to make sure you know all the answers.

Here are the books you’ll need to get your library started. These books aren’t exactly cheap but look around. When my local bookstore closed down, I got these books for $3-5 dollars a piece. My entire library cost maybe $45.

Publisher’s note: To show you what a deal that was, we’ve included links and prices from – retail price on some of these titles is almost $45. We have also included links to the latest edition available as of March 2018. Almost all of these titles are no longer in print, but for supporting older Macs, older versions of these books can be very useful and very inexpensive. Most of these are in my own Mac library, sometimes in two or three different editions. dk

Macs For Dummies, 5th ed, 1997 ($19.99 from, David Pogue, IDG Books. This is the ultimate staple of any book collection. For about $20, you can find out the answer to any simple Mac problem. Also, you’ll get a brief introduction to some more advanced topics, like networking. Latest edition: Macs For Dummies, 14th ed, 2016

More Macs For Dummies, 3rd ed, 1997 ($22.99 from, David Pogue, IDG Books. This book is the next step up from Macs For Dummies It provides more information on advanced topics, like networking and programming. With this book, you can set up a small home network and do many other cool Mac things, this book is a must-have for anyone with more than one Mac in their house.

Sad Macs, Bombs, and Other Disasters, 3rd ed, 1997 ($23.96 from, Ted Landau, Peachpit Press Once or twice in every Mac users lifetime, you’ll come across a larger problem than you can solve with Macs For Dummies. So, this book is definitely for you. Whenever I get a bad problem, this is the first book I look to for advice, and usually, it always has the solution. Latest edition: Sad Macs, Bombs, and Other Disasters, 4th ed, 2000,

Macworld Mac Secrets, 5th ed, 1998 ($39.99 from, David Pogue and Joseph Schorr, IDG Books. This book, in its 5th printing, is the perfect book for anyone who wants to be more productive with their Mac. Mac Secrets provides you with all you need to become more productive, and of course, it also shows some cool ways to have fun with your computer. Plus, it comes with a nice CD that contains many useful utilities for your Mac. Latest edition: Macworld Mac Secrets, 6th ed, 2001

The Macintosh Bible, 6th ed, 1996 ($29.95 from, Sharon Zardetto Aker and others, Peachpit Press. If you don’t know how to do it, this is the book for you. The Macintosh Bible provides you with in-depth descriptions of how to troubleshoot almost any common problem. Also, it gives you help to get connected to the net and basic ideas of how to use many common programs. Latest edition: The Macintosh Bible, 9th ed, 2004

Now I can’t really guarantee that once you get these books, you’ll become a Mac guru, but they are definitely a good start for getting to know how to use your computer well, and you’ll definitely have an impressive library of thick books, so people will think you like to read, even if you don’t.

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