Email - David Sparks


By David Sparks

  • Release Date: 2013-11-12
  • Genre: Computers
Score: 4
From 114 Ratings


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. 



  • Outstanding in Every Respect

    By Ken Bagby
    This eBook is like other David Sparks, aka MacSparky, books. Just about perfect in every regard. I have purchased 2 other MacSparky eBooks and they are all equally outstanding. I have used email for over 20 years. I learned so much that I just wasn't aware of. Just buy this, and his other eBooks, you'll be glad you did.
  • c:

    By HiDropDead
  • Hopefully, I can put it all into practice...

    By kingcaid
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It lays out very concise and practical methods for dealing with being inundated by e-mail. Looking forward to implementing these practices in my virtual mailbox. Now, if only I could find a way to get the USPS to recycle the unwanted, sales circulars they are always stuffing in my actual mailbox...
  • The hard work and passion shows

    By JD Brambach
    This book is fun to read and artfully crafted but, more than that, it is gives you a multitude of ways to control email in your personal/ business life which makes it useful as well. I hope it continues to be updated through another couple of Mac and iOS updates. Making it valuable in the future. For now, it is essential reading. Signed, A Budding Mac Power User (a.k.a. Geek ;~)
  • Email

    By noevjo
    Best book ever written on Email.
  • Buy This Book

    By alay13
    So helpful. So simple. So thankful I read this book.
  • Get you email under control....

    By Apple Colorado
    This is another great book by David Sparks. It shows you how to control your email and keep them under control. Check out David's other great books and his weekly podcast, Mac Power Users. Thanks, David
  • The solution to years of email frustration.

    By Aloysius_Kling
    As a listener of the Mac Power Users podcast, I agonized over which of David's books to get first. In the end I chose this one first due to the headaches and frustration of years of ineffectively managing both my work and personal email accounts. This book has really helped get my personal accounts cleaned up, but I have also applied many of David's ideas to my work account as well. Now the only decision is which of his books to get next.
  • Not Worth the Money

    By bjbsd
    Like the other books that David Sparks has written, this book is dramatically under-priced. I highly recommend that you purchase and read it carefully (more than once). If you do, then like me you’ll feel guilty for gaining so much insight for so little cost.
  • Great primer for today’s email challenges

    By Bonni208
    David always does a wonderful job with his Field Guides, and Email is no exception. I’ve already applied several ideas from this book (including reducing the number of email folders I use) and it’s helped me be more efficient. If what you are looking for is a practical guide on how to get the most out of email without it taking over your life, this is your book. Thank you to David for the great, consistent work that you put out and for all you do to support the Mac community.