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In this week’s giveaway, we’re featuring O’Reilly’s Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition by David Pogue in electronic format. In this ebook, David explains everything a Windows user needs to know about switching to the Mac, focusing specifically on Mac OS X 10.6 or more commonly known as Snow Leopard.

We’re giving away 10 copies of the ebook which you will be able to download directly from O’Reilly.com to enjoy on your PC, Kindle, Android or iPhone.

About the author

David Pogue is a highly respected figure in the Mac world. He is also the weekly columnist for the New York Times and co-wrote seven books for the “Dummies” series. His “Missing Manual” series now includes over 100 different titles.

If you are branching out to Mac OS X, it may actually be easier than you think. Especially with this ebook guiding the way.

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This giveaway begins now and will end on Friday, 30th April at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email the next day.

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these 10 winners will have the perfect manual to guide them.

[update] And the winners are:

  1. Reuben Urias
  2. Sue Barnes>
  3. Bryan
  4. Sharon Hinkley
  5. Jeff Harbert
  6. turbeauxdog
  7. Sheila Hensley
  8. Morrison>
  9. Pete Perron

>Congratulations! More information on how to claim your prizes will be sent via email. If your email address is not accessible, we may send you a direct message on Twitter or Facebook.

  1. Sueska
    April 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I love David Pogue! His instructional books are so interesting and more fun than going to a movie.

  2. Maggie Reddy
    April 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I'm a long time Mac user who helps Windows users become converts. This will help me!

  3. Terry Boys
    April 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    There was no other choice/I knew PC/windows etc inside out, but hated everything about a PC/
    shutdowns/freezes/viruses...so husband bought this Mac....right b/f xmas...I could barely get my xmas lists/cards/etc out on time. I'm still lost on alot of the differences
    and learning is very slow= thank goodness I'm have patience ...so a good guide like this one? I'm in....thanks

  4. Terry Boys
    April 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    There was no other choice/I knew PC/windows etc inside out, but hated everything about a PC/
    shutdowns/freezes/viruses...so husband bought this Mac....right b/f xmas...I could barely get my xmas lists/cards/etc out on time. I'm still lost on alot of the differences
    and learning is very slow= thank goodness I'm have patience ...so a good guide like this one? I'm in....thanks

  5. Anonymous
    April 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Dont have a MAC and this guide can be a turning point. Thanks

  6. Chris Johnston
    April 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I switched to Mac in May of last year and a few months ago I upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. The changes have been significant but when there is something different it often takes me a little while of searching Google and Apple.com looking for a solution. it would be nice to have this book to save me that time.

  7. Chris Johnston
    April 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I switched to Mac in May of last year and a few months ago I upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. The changes have been significant but when there is something different it often takes me a little while of searching Google and Apple.com looking for a solution. it would be nice to have this book to save me that time.

  8. Zoya Fansler
    April 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I used a Mac in college, but it's been years since I had a functional Mac. I'm ready to make the switch back to Mac, but a manual would be very helpful. Also, I love David Pogue's writing, so I'm sure this would be a great resource. Thank you!

  9. Anonymous
    April 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Really need the guidance as I am as efficient as I could be.

  10. Anonymous
    April 30, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I love Makeuseof! They have so many wonderful tips. I would love to win the switching to the Mac the missing manual because I just got a MacBook pro and I love it! It is so much more reliable than windows and much faster! I have an app on my iphone about this, but it is hard to read and refer to on there. By the way... check out the Makeuseof free app in the itunes store! It is great. I am not sure where to comment because I signed into facebook, but I don't see it here. I just signed up so maybe I don't know what I am doing.

  11. Liz McMahon
    April 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Love O'Reilly (has the best documentation - I always buy their programming guides over the rest of the pack) and I am going to take the Mac plunge that I've wanted to for AGES - so this would be the perfect book!

    And, both are made better by the pertinent, up to the second and user enhancing tips and pointer of MakeUsOf!

  12. Liz McMahon
    April 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Love O'Reilly (has the best documentation - I always buy their programming guides over the rest of the pack) and I am going to take the Mac plunge that I've wanted to for AGES - so this would be the perfect book!

    And, both are made better by the pertinent, up to the second and user enhancing tips and pointer of MakeUsOf!

  13. Gary J Wertz Jr
    April 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I switched to Mac last year and this would really help my wife with the transition.

  14. Al Reilly
    April 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Just got an IMac after years of windows and as much as I love the new system there are so many things that I haven't a clue on how to do on the IMac that I was fluent with on windows. Just figured out by accident how to copy an image for example. My shift work makescit difficult to attend the classes that Apple offer so I could really use this book so I can teach myself at my own pace and really start enjoying my new computer

  15. RoccoRizzo
    April 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I'd like to see what Mr. Pogue has in this book. His other "Missing Manuals" are great. I have switched, and know that there is something that I have missed. I'm sure that Pogue has covered it as usual.

    I could also use it, so that when I am done with it, I could pass it on to the many people who I have converted, and they can also learn the ins and outs of going from the dreaded Windoze to a Mac.

  16. RoccoRizzo
    April 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I'd like to see what Mr. Pogue has in this book. His other "Missing Manuals" are great. I have switched, and know that there is something that I have missed. I'm sure that Pogue has covered it as usual.

    I could also use it, so that when I am done with it, I could pass it on to the many people who I have converted, and they can also learn the ins and outs of going from the dreaded Windoze to a Mac.

  17. Anonymous
    April 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I like MAC, but I know only linux

  18. Michelangelo
    April 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Switched since a year, i'm trying to get others switch. This book would provide additional arguments

  19. Les
    April 30, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I'll use this as my sourcebook as I convert my coworkers

  20. Sheila Edens-Brown
    April 30, 2010 at 4:26 am

    I have just bought a MAC and this is my first one. So I am looking forward to learning the system and using it in my up and coming business. This manual would be a blessing to me as I learn the system.

  21. Anonymous
    April 30, 2010 at 2:43 am

    sure would love to win this

  22. tdjackson
    April 30, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I plan to switch in the near future and I would like to be able to know before hand the tips and techniques that make this switch easier. Thank you for the opportunity to win this.

  23. Steven W. Anderson
    April 30, 2010 at 1:04 am

    As a technology educator it is important for me to know the in's and out's of different kinds of systems. An avid PC user it is time I take the plunge, head over to the dark side and learn a thing or 2 about the Mac. And plus, how could you pass up a Pogue book for their electronic library!

  24. jaxx
    April 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    i've been trying to make the switch for over a year now (have a mac at home) and just haven't been able to tear myself away from outlook.... this book just might be the straw that frees me from the pc.

  25. Anonymous
    April 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Fed up with MicroSlop, yet is a necessary evil in my business. Yet no one has to know I'm secretly a power Leopard user!

  26. JRW
    April 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Bought 1st MAC 2 months ago. Still not switched over. Been working with PC's since the days of DOS. Need all the help I can get.

  27. Sudip Kumar Das
    April 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I am just planning to buy a Mac and this book may provide me the right guidance.

  28. Grant
    April 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    My mom needs this more than I, surely the altruism will get me a shiny prize?

  29. Maxine.B
    April 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I am saving to upgrade to an Apple Macbook in the next few months and believe this would be an invaluable guide for me as i am a virgin to Apple and it's technology after being a Windows user since i jumped on a computer.

  30. Anonymous
    April 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I have a few friends which could benefit from the knowledge I could gain from this book, so maybe I will be able to speak to them in a language they understand. ;-)

  31. Keith
    April 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Made the switch Late last year. Been too busy to really read all the German info that came with it. I'm American and having an English book on my new Mac would totally rock!

  32. Emily Stemmerich
    April 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Should be interesting

  33. Kevin Gamin
    April 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Ironically, I just tried supporting a Mac user at one of my clients before seeing this contest. I haven't touched a Mac since OS9 and a book like this would help me get back into the Mac of things.

  34. Anonymous
    April 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Pogue is great. Love to read his book.

  35. marianne richmond
    April 29, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I could REALLY use the help....it takes me WAAAY to long to figure this stuff out by myself. Thanks!!!

  36. HK
    April 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I bought a Macbook after reading the post on "How to become an iPhone Developer" on your website. I love the interface!

  37. Jesse Zimmer
    April 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I am thinking about switching to a macbook pro and i would really love to know a few tips before i do

  38. Ravi Shankar
    April 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Basically, I like all the missing manual series. Also, I'm keen on Macs. :)

  39. Jeff Harbert
    April 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I'd like to have a copy so I can switch to a Mac with eyes wide open. Better to be prepared first than jump in half blind.

  40. Karthik
    April 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I just switched to a iMac after being a Windows/Linux user for years. I could so use this book! Thanks!

  41. Cosmin Dinu
    April 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I need the book, taking into consideration that I consider Snow leopard very nice and good operating system and I need to know more about all details in order to have this transition smoothly.

  42. Cosmin Dinu
    April 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I need the book, taking into consideration that I consider Snow leopard very nice and good operating system and I need to know more about all details in order to have this transition smoothly.

  43. muki dumbeldor
    April 28, 2010 at 8:12 am

    It can be very helpful. switching OS demands a helping hand.

  44. lorien
    April 28, 2010 at 4:14 am

    It's always good to refresh your memory!

  45. Anonymous
    April 28, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I'm buying a mac this week after decades of win use. If you want to prove the power of this book, I'm the perfect test subject - I'm sure I'll need help.

  46. Anonymous
    April 28, 2010 at 1:05 am

    I'm buying a mac this week after decades of win use. I'm sure I'll need help.

  47. Gabriel Drach
    April 28, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Im new to mac and learn something about is a good idea.

  48. Ali Al-Abkari
    April 27, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Because I want to know how to make a home network in my house.

  49. Rebecca Doremus
    April 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I would love to win this manual for a friend of mine who is buying my MAC that I just replaced. It would be so helpful for her since she is switching from PC. Hope I win!

  50. Sheila Hensley
    April 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Would love a copy

  51. Morrison
    April 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Have been meaning to explore other OS's, aside from Windows, for ages but have not had the time to devote to the learning curve... This book should help with this!

  52. John47
    April 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I recently switched along with most of my work colleagues. I read MakeUseOf a LOT, and consequently I seem to be very knowledgable about tech things (if only they knew...!). David Pogue is a great writer and I would love to read what he has to say about the "switch" so I can properly field all of those Mac questions I get asked for my poor Windows refugee colleagues! Thanks for the consideration.

  53. Anonymous
    April 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    My work has given me an iMac to edit videos on. I am pretty lost when it comes to OSX.

  54. Bruna Rasmussen
    April 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I like Macs so much I want all my friends and family moving from Windows to Apple. That book would be a great help!

  55. Eric Miller
    April 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I'm switching to a macbook pro in the summer after nearly 20 years of Windows so I could really use this book.

    But it looks like I've failed to complete the last step required to enter :-(

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  56. Roger Sullivan
    April 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I am 51 years old and have always been a pc guy, UNTIL 2 WEEKS AGO. I finally had all I could take with all the "anti-this and anti-that" software just to see my computer bog down and act lethargic. I feel like I was doing more maintenance than actually enjoying my computer. I bought a MacBook Pro and so far have been very pleased. But I need the ebook to teach this old dog new tricks (or new ways to do the same tricks). Please pick me for the ebook. Thanks!

  57. Anonymous
    April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Suspicions confirmed... removing makeuseof from my RSS feed now.

  58. Eric Miller
    April 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I'm switching to a macbook pro in the summer after nearly 20 years of Windows so I could really use this book.

    But it looks like I've failed to complete the last step required to enter :-(

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    The Facebook Connect cross-domain receiver URL (http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/plugins/disqus-comment-system/xd_receiver.htm#fname=_opener&%7B%22t%22%3A3%2C%22h%22%3A%22fbCancelLogin%22%2C%22sid%22%3A%220.215%22%7D) must be in the same domain or be in a subdomain of an application's base domain (www.makeuseof.com). You can configure the base domain in the application's settings.

    • Aibek
      April 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm

      Hi Eric, do you still experience the issue?

  59. Samuel Pessorrusso
    April 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I have just got a Mac and I am loving it!

  60. Geoff Heys
    April 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I'd like a copy to review for potentially recommending to my friends and family.

  61. @danielooi
    April 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    would like to know more about snow leopard

  62. Josef Šín
    April 27, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I'd like to switch to Mac this summer ...

  63. Henri Fontana
    April 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Just left the Windows (for good, hopefully :-) ) and now I need a really good stuff to bridge the gap for these years of bad habit!

  64. Mike
    April 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Huge Mac fan and new blogger. I would love to review it on my new blog as a way to give back! Thanks!

  65. Nitish Prasad
    April 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I am getting a macbook pro this summer and after having been a PC user for an eternity, I could really need some help... Plus i would show off how easy it is to use a Mac and hopefully have some more converts in my family ;-)

  66. John Joyce
    April 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I have been bitching about Windows issues for too long and, mercifully, my hard drive crashed last month. I purchased a Macbook Pro several weeks ago and I could really use some productivity enhancements as I complete my transition!

  67. Rose Orchard
    April 27, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I bought myself a Mac shortly before Christmas and my Dad switched to one just after, while we're both doing ok I'd love to be able to help him learn to use the machine and this would certainly help me to help him! And also to help myself.

  68. Greg Leleu
    April 27, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Hey,
    This book looks awesome. I just got a brand new macbook pro. I love it but I'm a little lost. I don't want to have to install windows on it.
    please help me :)

  69. Greg Leleu
    April 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Hey,
    This book looks awesome. I just got a brand new macbook pro. I love it but I'm a little lost. I don't want to have to install windows on it.
    please help me :)

  70. Bryan
    April 27, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I've been thinking my next PC might be a Mac Book Pro, this would be very helpful. Thank you!

  71. Doug Chapman
    April 27, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I am just over one week with new Macbook and, needless to say, I'm finding the switch quite daunting! Excited about learning all the nifty ways Mac differs from my PC, along with all the shortcuts and tricks possible. I'm still having issues getting comfortable with closing, minimizing, and zooming windows on this thing!! I need this book.

  72. Pete Perron
    April 27, 2010 at 3:54 am

    I have not read one of the "missing manuals" but I have quite a few "manuals" for Linux. I have read other O'reilly books and found them to be very useful and have bought them in the past. I currently am learning my new imac and this would probably be a useful read. thanks.

  73. Michael Schultz
    April 27, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I've had my MacBook for a couple of years. I've switched for good, but y'know, there's always more to learn. Plus I'm probably going to get a new MacBook Pro in the fall, I'll need the tips for Snow Leopard!

  74. Shailendra Paliwal
    April 27, 2010 at 3:36 am

    India really needs more Mac.

  75. UtahOSB
    April 27, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Ready for my first jump into the Mac realm.

  76. Tim Gossett
    April 27, 2010 at 3:10 am

    These are really great guides! I've not read this one yet, so I'm looking forward to learning a few new tricks.

  77. Joe AKA dOgBOi
    April 27, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I switched to Mac about 2 years ago, and I'm sure there's a lot I still don't know. Would love to have this!

  78. Anonymous
    April 27, 2010 at 2:39 am

    I wanna win! It would be awesome and helpful.

  79. Anonymous
    April 27, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Switched to a Mac last year and still getting over the old PC habits.

  80. Anonymous
    April 27, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I'd love to have this book, I just switched to Mac!

  81. Sue Barnes
    April 27, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I would LOVE to be one of the winners of this manual. Sure could use it!!! Thanks so much....especially if I win!

  82. Anonymous
    April 27, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I have a late 2009 Mac Book and I love it, even though I don't compleatly understand it...!!!

  83. Johnny
    April 27, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Should be interesting *crosses fingers*

  84. Jorge Rene Velazquez
    April 27, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I'm a firm believer in alternate manuals, that is to say other than those published by the mfg. I enjoy the great additional insight offered by developers and everyday users.

  85. Reuben Urias
    April 27, 2010 at 1:50 am

    just made the switch recently! I could really use this!!

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