Email by David Sparks

Email

By David Sparks

  • Release Date: 2013-11-12
  • Genre: Computers
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Description

This book tackles your over-stuffed inbox. The Email Field Guide covers both why email has become such a problem for everyone and how to manage it more effectively. The book was built entirely in iBooks Author and features a gorgeous craftsman-inspired design. There are 36 screencasts, 8 audio interviews, over 46,000 words, and other rich-media assets to help you become the boss of your email. The material is accessible to beginners and power users alike with a thoughtful, fun, and systematic approach to managing your email.

Chapters include:
1. The Email Problem
What is it about email and why does it make us crazy? This problem of overwhelming mail isn't new. It has existed a long time but the digital age makes it worse, exponentially.

2. Tactical Email
This chapter explains some of the best practices for managing email from any platform. Topics include inbox management, email bankruptcy, best practices for processing your inbox including a detailed workflow, email notifications, reply write order, best practices for Cc: and Bcc: email, how and when to Reply All, creating useful subject lines, inline replies, email signatures, and automated replies.

3. How Email Works
If you want a leg up against email, you need to understand how it ticks. This chapter explains in plain language the basics of most email technologies including POP, IMAP, iCloud, Gmail, and Microsoft Exchange. This chapter also explains the most common email settings and how they work. Finally, this chapter describes some third party services that use these email technologies to help you manage your email better.

4. Apple Mail
Apple's own email application is the most popular email client for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. There is a lot of power under the hood in Apple Mail and this chapter explains how to get the most from Apple Mail on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone including set-up, sending, receiving, filing, keyboard shortcuts, managing email, VIPs, smart mailboxes, mail rules, automation, Apple Mail plug-ins, and much more.

5. Gmail
Gmail has some truly unique features. Learn how to use Gmail features like inbox categories, labels, stars, keyboard shortcuts, server-side mail rules, and other power user tips to get the most from Gmail.

6. Other Mail Clients
This chapter includes a survey of other mail clients for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone with explanations of their best features and ideal uses.

7. Fighting Spam
Learn about why you get so much Spam and the best tools and workflows to get rid of it.

8. Email Security
Security should be important to every email users. This chapter explains about common email security issues including appropriate passwords, 2-factor authentication, phishing attacks, and email encryption. This chapter also demonstrates how to encrypt PDFs before sending as email attachments.

9. Archiving and Storing Email
As our email libraries grow, we require tools to archive, PDF, and save all or portions of our email. This chapter shows you how.

10. Email Workflows
The author shares an extended explanation of how he manages email. Also, listen to audio interviews of other power users from several walks of life, ranging from surgeons to movie stars, and learn and how they manage email. Interviews include Serenity Caldwell, Rob Corddry, Merlin Mann, Fraser Speirs, Jeff Taekman, Aisha Tyler, David Wain, and Gabe Weatherhead. 

This is the fourth book in the MacSparky Field Guide Series. This book is a large file (1.1 GB) and includes extensive media, screenshots, illustrations, audio interviews, and nearly 1.5 hours of video screencasts. 

Reviews

  • Enjoyed

    5
    By Grant Osborne
    I really enjoyed reading this and got a lot out of it. Ideal for anyone who thinks they're the only one that gets too much email!
  • Clear & Concise

    5
    By Scotmac (Edinburgh)
    Another well put together and superbly constructed digital insight into getting your e mail workflow under control. David writes with a full understanding of readers requirements and is recommended reading and a joy to work through!
  • Great on the basics and some real gems for the experts

    5
    By That Marwood Chap
    I found this book very useful. I’m a follower of David’s blog and podcasts which I find interesting, if not always directly useful for me. I’ve also bought all the other Field Guides, which have been interesting and held some gems. I’m also a follower of the Inbox Zero idea, all of which makes me a neophyte power user I think. Unlike the other feed guides, which are great, and worth your attention, this book was immediately useful. It helped me formulate a strategy for dealing with so much of the email I get - close to 300 messages a day of which perhaps 25% is actionable and another 50% is useful. I’ve junked gmail and switched to a pure IMAP approach, added SaneBox and AwayFind, made much better use of VIPs and set up some very useful rules - all of which have made my inbox mush less fearful a place than it is normally. I remember Merlin Mann talking about his abortive email book a few years back and about how it was more about the psychology and the decision making than the tools. Whilst I understand that view, I think the tools are really important, and David’s book nails that 'how’ question whilst also giving some clear, actionable advice for dealing with the ‘why' and ‘when' questions. If I have any areas for improvement I would have like to have seen more detail about the psychology of things like the reward mechanism of email, the need to be the ‘email guy' and how to manage those. It is touched upon in the interviews, especially with Merlin, and I know David understands it better than most but it would have been nice to see it it more clearly defined. Also, although the interviews were great (Clearly the advantage of having an author who is also a very experienced podcaster), iBooks does not make it easy to listen to them. David gets around these with web links to the sound files, but hopefully the guys at iBooks will eventually get that having the sound cut off when the device locks, and when one turns the page is not a great experience.
  • Enjoyable and useful

    4
    By mpmickhall
    I really enjoyed reading this book and have dipped back into it several times. I agree with other reviewers that this is not really aimed at power users who will be very familiar with much of the content and workflows. Nethertheless, I think for most people they will find a lot of very useful tips that will really improve the way they handle email. I have rejigged a couple of things on my Mac and iOS set up directly as a result of this book which has really improved the way I deal with email.
  • Well worth buying

    5
    By PB relax
    I have been a Mac user for about 12 years and sent my first email so many years ago I don't want to think about it. There wasn't anything in this book that was really new to me but I found this well-written account helped me get my thoughts in order when I needed to make some changes to my email domain recently. This is good value for money and a worthwhile purchase for anyone with questions about aspects of email, or for someone like me who simply needs to think through the issues prior to making some decisions.
  • Very useful

    4
    By GTD Macolyte
    I am a fan of the iBooks author books in general, and the books by David Sparks in particular. He chooses subjects that are very relevant and his books are very useful, clearly laid out and well written. The only reason I am not giving five stars is because in this current edition there are a few spelling mistakes. But otherwise I would highly recommend the books by David Sparks to all especially as a gift to less technically savvy friends and family.
  • Worth the price

    5
    By WelshPhilRob
    I suspect that most of the early reviewers will be avid followers of David Sparks (MacSparky) from his previous work, his website and podcasts. As such they are likely to be power users and may already know much of what is in the book. I would put myself in this category, however I picked up several improvements to my own workflow together with reassurance that, in general, I was doing things the 'right' way. My work means I interact a great deal with other business leaders some of whom have significant challenges managing email. There is no doubt in my mind the content of this book would help a number of them better manage one chore in their life that, regrettably, is becoming a critical success factor for an Executive. This book is not as revolutionary as his previous work 'paperless' (which I heartily recommend by the way) but provides a thorough grounding in both the theory and practice of Email. Some, if not most of the material can be found on the Web, in productivity blogs, podcasts, tips and forums David has done an excellent job of doing the research for you, putting it in one place and explaining how he has implemented the tools and techniques into his own professional lives (he has more than one) as well as his personal life. The iBook includes audio discussions with people from different professions about how they manage email in their lives. The book would have been even better if their workflows, ideas and lessons learnt, had also been transcribed (and perhaps precied) so the could be read rather than listened to. In summary, this is another excellent work from David and is priced correctly for the value/content it delivers. I recommend it.
  • Okay

    4
    By clarke ching
    This is a well written book but I didn't get anything out it, perhaps I'm the wrong audience. I'm a reasonably competent email and windows and mac user, but not a power user. I didn't learn anything new from the book that I value knowing. The stuff that was new to me is pretty obscure and more for power users, who I expect would already know this stuff. So who is the book meant for? It's got far too much detail for beginners, and it's too basic for more advanced users. Maybe it's best for people who are new to mac and the big wide world of apple? Honestly, this is an okay book but if I'd bought it on kindle I would have gone to "manage my kindle" and gotten a refund. I guess I'm in the wrong

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