I've been toying with the idea of reading the Field Guides that have been produced by the legend that is David Sparks - or MacSparky as he is more commonly known.
As said before, I first developed my passion for productivity on the Mac largely down to David, Katie Floyd and Gabe Weatherhead (MacDrifter) when I happened upon a podcast called Mac Power Users, which Gabe was guesting on. The rest, for me, is history and I'm currently enjoying the confidence and ability to pursue a dream of authoring that I never thought possible.
Whilst looking for inspiration for potential layouts and ideas for how to format the Ibooks format of my upcoming book, I thought it would be a good opportunity to pay back David for the advice he has given, both through the podcasts and personally through email and so I purchased five of his guides:
- 60 Mac Tips
- Mac at Work
It took 10 minutes of reading the Markdown book to realise these books are more than just books. They are art, in it's purest sense. David has been able to capture the essence of how to convey information to both experienced and lay people alike through more than just the written word. His use of Screencasts and Audio Interviews make reading his books more than just reading - it's an experience and if the books I produce from this point on are even half as good as David's, then I'm going to be a very happy man indeed.
I've also pre-ordered his latest offering - Presentations - which is due for release on July 21st.
I urge you to visit his site here and just spend half an hour reading through some of his archived blog posts and you'll see that he's really a regular Joe like you and I - yet he has a passion for making both his and other people's lives easier that is almost unparalleled.
His books are exceptional value when you realise how much time David must have spent working on them. There is so much content, so much to take from them - please check them out.