Book Review: Evernote in 60 Minutes! by John Clifford

Evernote in 60 Minutes! by John Clifford cover.
by John Clifford

Book Title on Amazon: Evernote – The Unofficial Evernote Guide Book
Full Title: Evernote: Master Evernote in 60 Minutes – The Unofficial Evernote Guide Book (Evernote, Evernote Essentials, Evernote App, Evernote for Writers, Evernote at work, Evernote Ninja, Evernote for Beginners)
Title Shown on Cover: Evernote in 60 Minutes! The Ultimate Guide Course to Learning the Basics of Evernote in Just One Hour
[Reviewer note: I chose THIS title, “clipped”, for the review.]
Author: John Clifford
Publisher: Self-published via Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Publish Date: October 1, 2014
ASIN: B00O3R5GYG
Pages if printed: 1
Format: Kindle only (can be read via Kindle Cloud Reader)
How Obtained: Free download Kindle
How Read: on Kindle Fire HDX (3rd generation)

Quick Review for the Genealogist:

Book Aimed for: Beginner ~ Intermediate ~ Advanced
Book Meant for Genealogy: No
Did I Learn Something I Did Not Know? Yes
Did the Book Feel Like a “Cut & Paste”? No
Did the Book Have Errors? No
~ Typos? One ~ Evernote Errors: No
Did the book have grammatical errors? No
Did the book have in-depth information? Yes
Did the book have examples or illustrations? No
Did the book have links to other sites or information? No
Did the book have clearly labeled TIPS? No
Do I recommend this book for genealogy researchers who use or might use Evernote? *NO*

Overall Rating: 2.5 Stars.

Book Synopsis & Reason for Rating:

There were THREE titles to this book depending on where one looks. I still do not know WHY Amazon shows what is in the parentheses since the book does not cover those.

Author states on book synopsis:
…master all the elements in this book and you should soon find yourself dealing with Evernote on a daily basis in a professional manner. It should have taken you an hour to master:

• Making notes
• Adding images
• Web clipping
• Syncing
• Emailing into Evernote
• Much, much more

Author does offer info on all but the last bullet. With only 11 [printed] pages available, there is no “much, much more.

The following is the Table of Contents with review comments:

  • [Preface] A “page”+ to convince you to use Evernote to become more organized in business & personal life.
  • Okay, some terminology…

    • Succinct statements of the following “key term[s] used on the platform, just so you know what’s what.
    • Each of terms have an example outside the computer world to help the person remember what each term does within Evernote.
    • Note ~ good definition as well as how to think of a note.
    • Notebook ~ very simple definition. I liked his non-computer idea of thinking of notebooks as “shoeboxes”.
    • Sync ~ to define, the author explains how it works.
  • Creating your first note
    • While there are no pictures or illustrations, the author does provide good descriptions.
    • Learned something new: The text editor, according to Mr. Clifford, is based on Word with close to the same interface. So if you know Word…
    • Author also points out an important fact: Evernote automatically saves–you don’t have to SAVE the note. [BTW, I forget this all the time. Old habits die hard.]
  • Adding images
    • Stresses again that images are also notes & easy to add. He states “You can basically add images of any kind.” which I believe means any TYPE such as .jpg, .png, .tiff, etc.
  • Desktop images
    • I find it surprising in such a SHORT book (11 pages) that the author has a section on it.
    • He believes we have “lots of images on the desktop of their computers” so provides instructions on how to get the desktop images into Evernote. Again, no pictures or illustrations.
  • Web clipping
    • This is about not the Evernote Web Clipper app which is added to your browser. In this section, he tells the reader how to “clip” an image from the web & place it in a new note.
    • HOWEVER, I had a problem here. He uses as an example a web designer would find this a godsend. What’s my problem? “All you have to do…is find an image that you like on the Internet…” Not ONE word on copyright, etc. Now he does state the designer would use such images for inspiration, but an important fact is missing — copyright.
    • A PLUS in this section is the specific instructions for the Mac.
  • Evernote sync and how it works
    • Before I started to use Evernote, I already knew how sync worked but I have been asked more than once to explain sync. And syncing is what makes Evernote so useful across multiple devices.
    • This section is good. Sync is explained simply followed by an example of how saving a recipe in Evernote could then be called up while you shop and show it to a friend via different devices.
  • How it works
    • A misnamed section since the same words were used in the previous section and the topic is still sync.
    • New in this segment is how to manually sync.
    • His real point is that syncing is easy, fast, & important to an Evernote user.
    • I just wished he had given this a different title. There are no sub-sections in this book and IMHO this should have been one.
  • Emailing into Evernote

    • It’s good that he included this segment as emailing into Evernote truly is a wonderful feature. Instructions are provided, no pics or illustrations.
    • His wording in this section is meant to encourage the new user to try this feature.
    • Reviewer Note: For the genealogy folks. Think of HOW many emails you have saved from people about a family or person. Now you can FORWARD those emails into Evernote. The negative is it can only be done one email at a time.
  • The Basics. Done
    • Mr. Clifford states that if you “master all the elements in this book…you should soon…[deal] with Evernote…in a professional manner.” And that it should have taken you about an hour.
    • He lists the five basics:
      1. making notes
      2. adding images
      3. web clipping
      4. syncing
      5. emailing into Evernote.
    • He states that the very best features on Evernote are syncing & the emailing ability.

What MAJOR Evernote Facts Were Missing?

  1. Notebooks. Without knowing about notebooks, a user is going to end up with a lot of notes all in the “default” notebook.
  2. Tags.
  3. What version was being used. A key element of his very VERY short book should have been everything he was telling the reader is available for FREE.

Do I recommend the book to my genealogy friends? to anyone? 

Maybe. If you are non-technical about computer programs and really don’t know how to use a search engine to find information, this book might be useful to you.

The plus of the book are good explanations and instructions.

The negative — it is just TOO short. And the glaring omission of copyright issues when copying images.

[box type=”bio”]Note from the Reviewer: I did not receive a request to review this book nor was I paid in any form. A full review is provided as well as specific questions for those interested in genealogy. [/box]