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How to Get the Most Out of Evernote

A review of Brett Kelly's "Evernote Essentials"

As you know, we're huge Evernote fans.  Evernote is such a key part of how we've overcome our bad case of Paperitis.

So, today let's focus on...

How to Get the Most Out of Evernote 


Many people feel that Brett Kelly's "Evernote Essentials" is the best resource on Evernote.  So, we asked our team to evaluate it.  
Here is Floyd's review (which we ALL agree with): 
At just 96 pages (and much of that illustrations), no doubt you can easily buy an Evernote guide that's twice as long as Brett Kelly's "Evernote Essentials". 
But should you? Don't confuse simplicity with lack of utility. The plain truth is, Kelly covers everything you need to know in a way that's amazingly easy to understand. 

The Basics of the Book 

As short as it is, Kelly breaks his guide down into 22 separate chapters that cover all the essential features of Evernote, including clear and useful snapshots of the interface, illustrating all his major points. 
The writing is concise, well organized, and astonishingly easy to understand. The clarity of this handy little guide is enough to make a fellow writer jealous.
While Your Humble Writer happens to be slightly tech savvy, software manuals that use words of more than one or two syllables often confuse me. But this text is not at all confusing, and he usually avoids descending into technobabble. Everything is simple enough for a child to understand. Seriously. 
I suspect this is why Evernote eventually hired him away from his previous employer. 

It's Entertaining... Thank Goodness!

Oddly enough -- and this is almost unique in my experience -- Kelly has also made his guide FUN. 
One of the most notable things about "Evernote Essentials" is that Kelly has written it in an amusing, slightly self-deprecating style that makes you wonder what's going to happen next. He presents the data in short, sweet, you-can't-eat-just-one chapters, making it all the easier to get caught up in the narrative. 
I honestly don't think I've ever read a technical manual and actually enjoyed it before. I know it sounds silly, but you could probably read this guide just for fun, even if you never intend to use Evernote itself (though it's a remarkable advertisement for the program, really). 
Two words: Cumin waffles. You'll understand when you read the book... and you should. 

But Wait, There's More! 

Despite its brevity, Kelly's book is surprisingly complete, because Evernote itself is. It's easy to read and search, too, and despite its entertainment value, this is far from fluff.

He's honest about both the program's capacities and lacks thereof: see the discussion of tags in Chapter 11, for example. 
This book is simple, straightforward, far from wordy, and easy as pie to understand.  So do yourself a favor if you use Evernote: grab a copy of "Evernote Essentials" and be prepared to be both educated and entertained -- no joke! 
Click here to find out more and order a copy of "Evernote Essentials" for yourself right now.
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