Book Review: The Macintosh Bible, 8th edition

The Macintosh Bible, 8th edition, edited by Clifford Colby and Marty Cortinas.
944 pp. Peachpit Press, 2002. $34.99.

The Macintosh Bible had been missing in action for the last few years, so it’s gratifying to see it back in fighting trim - or heft, at 944 pages. This eighth edition of the “original Macintosh reference” is an indispensible compendium of information, advice and recommendations from a panel of more than two dozen top Macintosh experts.

Need advice on what desktop publishing program to choose? Turn to the section on Page Layout. Thinking about keyboards? The Mac Bible describes the pros and cons of the various models on the market, and supplies prices and company website addresses. Problems with your printer? Look at “Troubleshooting: When Bad Things Happen to Good Pages” for advice. Not sure when a database, a spreadsheet or a word processing document is best for the job at hand? The Getting Productive section will help you make the right choice.

The Macintosh Bible gives answers to most any question a general Mac user will come up with, and provides trusted advice, tips and troubleshooting help. It’s fascinating reading for Mac users at all levels of experience. Most highly recommended.

– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2002 by Elsa Travisano. This article originally appeared in the June 2002 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.