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David Pogue

Author of Classical Music for Dummies

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About the Author

David Pogue is an American technology writer and TV science presenter. He was born in 1963 and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Pogue graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1985, with distinction in music. After graduation, Pogue wrote manuals for music software, worked on Broadway and show more Off-Broadway productions, and wrote for Macworld Magazine. He wrote Macs for Dummies, which became the best-selling Mac title, as well as other books in the Dummies series. He launched his own series of humorous computer books entitled the Missing Manual series, which includes 120 titles. He spent 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times, before leaving to found Yahoo Tech. In addition to how-to manuals, he wrote Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life, collaborated on The World According to Twitter, and co-authored The Weird Wide Web. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by David Pogue

Classical Music for Dummies (1997) 554 copies
iPhone: The Missing Manual (2007) 290 copies
Opera for Dummies (1997) 208 copies
iPod: The Missing Manual (2003) — Contributor — 162 copies
Magic for Dummies (1998) 143 copies
iPod & iTunes: Missing Manual, Second Edition (2004) — Editor — 108 copies
Macs for Dummies (1992) 103 copies
Hard Drive (1993) 83 copies
Macworld Mac Secrets (1993) 75 copies
The iMac for Dummies (1998) 40 copies
Tales from tech line (1763) 39 copies
iMovie: The Missing Manual (2000) 30 copies
iPhoto 5: Missing Manual (2005) 26 copies
iPhoto: The Missing Manual (2002) 19 copies
iPad: The Missing Manual (2014) 17 copies
The Weird Wide Web (1997) — Author — 11 copies
The iBook for Dummies (1999) 11 copies
More Macs for Dummies (1994) 8 copies
iPhone Unlocked (2021) 7 copies
Nova: Making Stuff (2011) 5 copies
Magia para dummies (2009) 4 copies
iPhone 3GS (2010) 3 copies
Windows Vista PL (2012) 2 copies
Mac for dosmere (1993) 1 copy
Klassz-IQs (2013) 1 copy
Macworld® Mac® FAQs (1995) 1 copy
Mac OS X Panther (2004) 1 copy
Klassik für Dummies (2015) 1 copy

Associated Works

Science of Everything: How Things Work in Our World (2013) — Foreword — 144 copies
Digital Photography: The Missing Manual (2006) — Introduction, some editions — 33 copies
NOVA: Hunting the Elements [2012 TV episode] (2012) — Narrator — 9 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Pogue, David
Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Yale University
technology writer
The New York Times



laplantelibrary | Sep 17, 2022 |
Wren73 | 3 other reviews | Mar 4, 2022 |
I read all three books from the David Pogue series - Technology, Life, and Money. The Technology one was probably my favorite.

The Money book is from 2016, which is a bit dated. Some products and websites no longer exist. However, it still has some valuable tips, but I think of them as more shopping savings than money advice. There is a savings ballpark calculation by each tip, although some seem inflated for an average user.

One tip, in particular, I had an issue with—advice to paying everything with credit cards (i.e., insurance, taxes, etc.). You can get more cashback or points, but it can lead to a high credit card balance, high interest, and penalties for some people. Additionally, you have to use a third-party service that charges fees to pay taxes via credit card. If the fee is less than cashback you receive, you may 'save' $50 or so, but you are exposing yourself to the danger of high CC balance and the hassle of setting this up.

All tips are short, to the point, and it is a straightforward and fun book. The book is nicely formatted, with great use of white space, font, and color. I like books that are a delight to read.

Total 5/5
Readability - 4
Scope - 2.5
Depth - 2
Format - 4
Clarity -3.5

Read this book if:
You want quick and easy savings tips.
You don't want to read an in-depth book on money savings.
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Aki_Stepinska | 4 other reviews | Jan 18, 2022 |



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