Three Great Books No Gadget-Worthy Home Should be without!

By Barb Freda

You’re a gadget girl, so when you need answers you go online, right? I mean, you ended up here. Yes, you can find almost any information worth knowing by using Google (and that is just what a gadget geek would do), but there is something quite comforting about being able to pull these handy references off your shelf and go straight for the fix.

1. Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker guide to working smarter, faster, better by Gina Trapani. The author founded Lifehacker.com, "a software and productivity weblog" dedicated to getting things done with the technology we have at our fingertips. Literally. Rather than get bogged down in so much technology, Trapani teaches us to manage it. Chapters include Empty Your Inbox, Automatically Back up Your Files and Remote Control Your Computer. You’ve got all these gadgets. Now use them!

2. Digital Photography Book: The step-by-step secrets for how to make your photos look like the pros by Scott Kelby. Don’t just point and shoot anymore—play with that camera. Kelby goes through top tips—one tip per page—about what to use (tripods, for example) and how to shoot flowers, weddings, people, babies, sports—you name it. And while the photos are illustrating SLR (single lens reflex) cameras, the tips are adaptable to that slim little point and shoot you have. Have you ever even looked at the settings? There’s plenty there to play with.

3. General How-to Manuals: This is more of a category than one book. No home should be without one of these do-it-yourself/fix-it-yourself manuals. Readers Digest (Complete Do-It-Yourself), Black and Decker (The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair), Creative Homeowner (The Ultimate Guide to Home Repair and Improvement)—all these companies have thick tomes that cover all the basics (like how to install that programmable thermostat we discussed here recently). Buy the latest version—new technology and new things to fix are coming into our homes every day.

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