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Paperitis Review: Brett Kelly's "Evernote Essentials," Third Edition

If you haven't read Brett Kelly's "Evernote Essentials," you're seriously missing out

Awhile back, we asked Floyd, one of our Paperitis team members, to review the second edition of Brett Kelly's Evernote Essentials. If you missed it, you can see his original review here:


The punchline is that we've been recommending Evernote Essentials as the best way to get started with Evernote for the past few years -- and we certainly haven't changed our minds with this new edition. Since Brett provides customers with free updates for the life of the product, previous Evernote Essentials customers get this new version free.

When we learned about the new version, it seemed only natural to ask Floyd to review this third edition. Here's Floyd's latest review...

Brief Summary

Many people are overwhelmed by Evernote and aren't sure where to begin. We have always recommended they start by checking out Brett Kelly's Evernote Essentials.

One thing you can count on with anything written by Brett Kelly is that it won't be boring. In fact, Brett is almost as well known for his breezy, educational, and above all witty style as he is for the fact that he's written the definitive guide to Evernote, the unbeatable online document storage app.

For those of you who've been living the hermit's life for the past half-decade, Evernote is a kind of holy grail for those of us who want to overcome Paperitis --right up there with the iPad. If somehow that name is also a mystery to you, get on the 'Net and look 'em up -- stat!

Evernote has changed a great deal recently and Brett has rewritten over half of his book. We especially liked the new chapter on Evernote for Mac. You can get Evernote Essentials here.

What's New?

At 86 pages, Brett's first version of Evernote Essentials was a featherweight powerhouse of a guide. It delivered a lot of punch for its size, and could be read in an afternoon. It made it easy to comprehend how simple and effective a program that copies and organizes every little thing can be.

Version 3 was just released a few weeks ago. Brett has completely updated it -- and Evernote Essentials is now 159 pages.

On the down side, it now takes somewhat longer to read. And we really miss the chapter from Version 1 that tells you how Evernote can assist your career as a Covert Double Agent.

However, the newest version improves on an already terrific guide in many ways. Here are three of our favorites:

- Brett has included lots of great new tips for power users (which we really appreciate). Yet, it's still great for complete beginners.

- The book is completely redesigned.

- He includes some excellent new chapters, such as Evernote for Travel Junkies.

The Bottom Line

As Evernote itself has grown and evolved, so has Brett's Evernote Essentials. It's somewhat longer than before, and it covers much more territory. Plus it remains far and away the most useful Evernote guide we've seen.

So Brett's book is still at least as fun as a small barrel of monkeys, while simultaneously being more useful than a lock pick at a crook convention. Like the original, it's also clear as mountain spring water and even easier to understand. All that and cumin waffles, too.

Hats off to all your hard work, Brett. We look forward to enjoying the next version!

Again, you can find Evernote Essentials here.

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