While O'Reilly's Palm webOS by Mitch Allen (now hot off the printing press) will be the essential read for aspiring webOS developers; what about a book for Mom and Pop, or a gift for your less tech-savvy friends? MyPre noticed that besides the dry online Pre user guide, two new beginner books are on the way that should be more interesting reads: O'Reilly's Palm Pre: The Missing Manual by USA Today's Ed Baig (who also did one of the first Pre reviews), and Palm Pre for Dummies by Chris Ziegler, Associate Editor at Engadget.
Hopefully, readers of the books will be able to impress their friends and family with fancy Pre tricks and proficiency, similar to watching masters at desktop OS's navigate with lightning speed, using only keyboard hotkeys. The books are due out in September and October, respectively. However, the rapid release schedule of webOS updates means that Palm Pre for Dummies, 2nd edition may not be far behind. Both books are listed at $16.49 on Amazon.