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Prep for El Capitan with Early-bird Discounts on Take Control Books

Apple plans to release OS X 10.11 El Capitan this fall with under-the-hood improvements aimed at improving performance and zapping bugs, along with changes to the Finder and core Apple apps. Because it’s only a matter of time before your Mac starts nagging you to upgrade to El Capitan, we have the early-bird release of Joe Kissell’s Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan available now and Scholle McFarland’s El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course available for pre-order.

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• El Capitan Bundle: Save 30% on both books — you pay $17.50, list price is $25. Put them right in the cart!

Save 20% on Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan — you pay $12, list price is $15.

Save 20% on El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course — you pay $8, list price is $10.

More about Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan

So you can prepare for the upgrade now, we’ve just published the 74-page Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan. In this book, the ninth installment in our series of “Upgrading” titles, Mac wizard Joe Kissell helps you with hardware and software compatibility, problem prevention, prepping your drive, and picking the best installation method. Whether you’ll be upgrading from the 10.11 El Capitan public beta or from 10.4 Tiger — or anything in between! — Joe coaches you through making a bootable duplicate of your main drive and gives you pointers for eliminating digital clutter and handling last-minute preparations.

Once Apple releases El Capitan, we’ll publish a version 1.1 update with full installation steps, post-installation advice, troubleshooting help, and more. Look for “Meet Me Back Here on Upgrade Day” in the book to learn how to get the free 1.1 update, or just watch for an email message with direct download links.

More about El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course

In El Capitan: A Take Control Crash Course, by former Macworld editor Scholle McFarland, you’ll explore changes in the Finder and new features in apps like Safari and Notes, and update your know-how of key Apple technologies, including notifications, iMessage, Handoff, iCloud Drive, AirPlay, AirDrop, and Family Sharing. You’ll also find directions for working with Finder tags and Finder window tabs, plus special topics on user accounts and troubleshooting. As with all our Crash Courses, this book is designed to make it easy to dip in and read quickly, picking just those topics that interest you.

When you pre-order this book, you’ll download a one-page PDF. After Apple makes the official release of El Capitan available, you’ll be able to click a button in the PDF to get the full ebook (in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket formats) and start learning about El Capitan. We’ll also send you email with download links.

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