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Tidbits (styled TidBITS) is an electronic newsletter and web site dealing primarily with Apple Inc. and Macintosh-related topics.

Internet publicationEdit

Tidbits has been published weekly since April 16, 1990, which makes it one of the longest running Internet publications.[1] TidBITS is published by Adam C. Engst, author of a number of computer books, including four editions of Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, Eudora for Windows & Macintosh Visual Quickstart Guide, and five editions of iPhoto for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, along with a number of books in the Take Control series.


Currently, the Tidbits staff[2] includes:

  • Adam C. Engst, Publisher
  • Tonya Engst, Editor in Chief
  • Josh Centers, Managing Editor
  • Jeff Carlson, Contributing Editor
  • Glenn Fleishman, Contributing Editor
  • Joe Kissell, Contributing Editor
  • Rich Mogull, Security Editor
  • Mark Anbinder, Contributing Editor
  • Agen Schmitz, Contributing Editor
  • Micheal E. Cohen, Contributing Editor
  • Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Contributing Editor
  • Jeff Porten, Contributing Editor

Electronic booksEdit

From 2003 to 2017, Tidbits also published a series of electronic books in Adobe Acrobat (PDF), EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats[3] that cover issues related to Mac OS X and the digital lifestyle. The "Take Control" series first appeared in October 2003 with the publication of Take Control of Upgrading to Panther which was issued at the same moment as the official launch of Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther". Excerpts of the Take Control books can be downloaded free of charge, and some have been published in Macworld magazine.[4]

The series includes many books for using and upgrading the various versions of Mac OS X[5] and iPhone software;[6] applications such as Apple Mail[7] and iTunes; and general technology such as wireless security and choosing a digital camera.

There are also some wider lifestyle titles such as Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner.

Reviewers have described Take Control titles as "thoughtful" and "loaded with useful tips and humor".[8][9]

In 2017, Take Control Books was acquired by alt concepts, a company run by author Joe Kissell[10].


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