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New Book: Evernote for Dummies

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 04 Apr 2012

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 04 Apr 2012

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  • Evernote for Dummies
  • Type: Paperback and eBook
  • Author: David Sarna
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Pages: 356
  • Available for purchase: Amazon.com

David Sarna started using Evernote after he realized that finding anything in paper piles at his home and office was an archeological excavation. A typical ‘messy desk person,’ before Evernote, David discovered the tool via an article written by an old classmate of his, Wall Street Journal personal computing guru, Walt Mossberg. After finishing his last book, he decided to tackle his next project: Evernote for Dummies.

We sat down with David to ask him a few questions.

Why did you decide to write Evernote for Dummies?

Evernote changed my life. For me, it’s the most amazing program. But, as I talked to others, I realized that some people don’t quite get Evernote, or how to get started. They need someone to tell them: “If you want to do this, then do that.” I believe that there was a major need for this book, and I saw an opportunity to help more people see the incredible value that I get from using this product.

Who is the audience for your book?

The target audience for Evernote of Dummies are those people who need a little more step-by-step guidance for using a new product. These are not active Evernote users, who understand the features inside and out. This book is targeted at people who may have downloaded Evernote to their machine, but aren’t sure where to go from there, or what the value is of the product. The book doesn’t presume the reader has any previous knowledge of using Evernote.

Give as a very quick overview of what one would find in the book.

Evernote for Dummies is a typical ‘Dummies’ book. We try to cover everything about Evernote — from how to install it to your computer to how to use all of the different features. There’s also a chapter for developers, in which we introduce the Evernote API.

Where do you use Evernote?

I have a BlackBerry, Macbook Air, and iPad and I have Evernote installed on all of them. These days, I find myself using Evernote on my iPad more and more. If I’m borrowing someone’s computer, I use Evernote on the web.

How do you use Evernote?

I use Evernote in a myriad of different ways:

  1. I send all of my important emails to Evernote.
  2. I have an electronic fax system set up to send every fax that I received into my Evernote account.
  3. I have a Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner, so everything I scan goes straight into my Evernote account.
  4. I use the Evernote audio feature to record meetings I have over Skype.
  5. I use Shared Notebooks to share information with my colleagues. It’s the main way people within the company (who are all based in different locations around the country and the world) stay up to date with everything that is going on.
  6. I use the Simultaneous Search feature, which lets me conduct a Google search and see the results inside my Evernote account. Simultaneous Search has become my primary search method.
  7. I use the Evernote Web Clipper to capture and remember interesting things I see on the web.

I probably do much less tagging than most people. I prefer to let Evernote do the work for me. By typing in just a few keywords into the search box, I’m able to find exactly what I’m looking for.

Anything else?

The fact that I can combine my web clips with my faxes, emails, and everything else I do in one place makes Evernote an invaluable tool. When I was younger, I was much more of a ‘nerd’ than I am now. These days, I like tools and technologies that are simple to use and Evernote is just that. You click a button or an icon, and it’s in Evernote.

The more you use Evernote, the more valuable it is to you. As you save more of the interesting things you care about into Evernote, you’ll see it become the primary place you go to for you to find something.

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  • Cameron

    Or you can just watch my tutorials on how to use Evernote :)

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEEDC8F246D346066&feature=plcp

  • Daniel Gold

    Fantastic!! It’s wonderful to see that a great author for the Dummies brand of books has written a how-to book on Evernote! 356 pages for $16.49 – it’s a no brainer!!! I can’t wait to read it!! Thanks, David!

  • Dean Ouellette

    This is great, always good to see new content out there on how people are using this tool!

  • Md Atha

    yeah! this is what I’m looking for, can color my skill with evernote

  • Andrea

    Anyone willing to donate a copy of “Evernote for Dummies”, to a student / single female, who is wanting to get off of Disability, and go to school and work full-time. Even thought I have over 4 chronic diseases, I want to be accountable for my decisions, work hard for what I have, and use this application to assist me with my goals. Please text 603-553-2338, if you’d like to help me begin a new self sufficient life……. So I can also speak at group therapy meetings, in hopes that my story will inspire others to live a more rewarding lifestyle…… And with the combination of cognitive behvioral therapy and the motivational story of a girl on a mission to help the emotionally disabled realize that they are missing out on a truly satisfying lifestyle, full of excitement towards the accomplishments that bring endless self esteem, worthiness, and the ability to pursue anything they always desired. Some may be thinking this is out of reach for one girl to do, but I have the desire and the faith in people. Where there is a will, there is a way…… Beginning with just one generous person willing to help me out with a copy of the book mentioned above. Thank you!!!

  • Andrea

    Please tell me if there are any book donation websites you can recommend, if you don’t allow requests for help.

  • Andrea

    I really need help starting a blog based on people using Evernote as a means to change their lives. I am requestîng as much info on blogging as u can provide, and how to use Evernote as a tool to start the first day of the rest of their lives. For example: an addict who is clean after detox, but is now faced with staying sober…. Or a newly divorced person having trouble moving on, and rebuilding a new life. Then lastly, a reformed yet emotionally scarred woman, recently out of prison for prostitution, who just needs one single chance from a legitimate employer to start a new life. ( if this already exists, forgive me…. I’m new, but full of enthusiasm to help those in need)……. And especially begin a support chat group, or possibly a local group to gather in person.