By David Sparks

  • Release Date : 2012-04-23
  • Genre : Internet
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Paperless Version 1.4, Updated February 2014

Paperless was selected as one of the "Best of 2012" by the iBooks Store.

Paperless takes the mystery (and fear) out of going paperless with your Apple technology. The book includes 32 screencasts, 4 movies, over 26,000 words, and other rich-media assets to turn you into a paperless ninja. The material is accessible to beginners and power users alike with a thorough explanation of all the hardware, software, and workflows necessary to finally conquer paper.

Chapters include:
1. Why Paperless
What is the big deal with paperless and why do so many of us struggle with it?

2. Paperless Overview
Get an idea for the big picture before diving into the nitty-gritty.

3. Capture
Discover how you can capture paper and other digital information with the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. This chapter also demystifies optical character recognition and explains how you can put it to work for you.

4. Process
Learn how to reliably name, index, and store your paperless documents. This chapter also covers your questions about cloud storage and backup.

5. Use
Now that you've created a paperless workflow, learn how to access your paperless documents from anywhere on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone. This chapter also explains how to sign digital documents on the Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

6. David's Paperless Workflow
The author explain his "go-to" applications, hardware, and tricks for managing paperless documents.

7. Appendix
Learn more about Apple Automator, cloud storage, and other helpful resources.

This is the first book in the MacSparky Field Guide Series. This book is a large file (850 MB) and includes over 1.5 hours of video and screencasts. This books runs on all versions of the iPad.


  • Worth every cent (penny)

    By Erlang168
    I discovered this after being given a promo PDF copy of this book, due to a software purchase. I enjoyed the first chapter so much I felt it worth while to purchase the iBook version to get the interactive elements such as the screencasts and galleries. This field guide has completely converted me to go paperless. David Sparks has fully grasped the capabilities of iBooks to provide effective knowledge transfer. He has condensed all his hard won wisdom in this field guide providing motivation, hardware and software recommendations, and effective workflows. Well worth the small price. I just wish Apple would allow me to read iBooks on my Macs as well as my iDevices. Great book Mr Sparks thanks.
  • Packed with useful information

    By KiltedGreen
    I've used OS X since the beta and I still learned some new stuff about it from Sparky as well as getting a feel for a whole set of useful productivity apps. I've a number of document handling practices I've used for many years but never considered going paperless but since reading this I certainly am. In addition, he's also made me rethink the way I do things now and the book has given me much to think about and probably re-implement myself. Well worth the price for so much thought, discussion and information all presented with a light touch and a dash of humour.
  • Yes. Buy it. Just buy it

    By William Gallagher
    I did hesitate over this book despite all the great reviews and even despite my having long read the author's website blog. I figured it would just say to scan every document and I knew how to do that, I have a scanner. But I tried it - and now the only reason I didn't finish reading it in one single sitting is that I took a moment out in the middle to order a new scanner that it recommends. Paperless solves some issues I've been having with retrieving old documents and it also gave me solutions to things I didn't know were bothering me: the screencasts in here finally showed me why even a fast typist like myself could benefit from TextExpander. And when I've posted this, I'm off to buy Hazel. I have an original iPad and the book is big; it takes a little time to open up at first and then each double-page takes a beat to load as you're reading through. It's enough that I noticed, it's not enough that it should dissuade you. One thing I especially loved, incidentally, was the ability to choose between a heavy landscape layout and a lighter mostly text-only portrait one. I've worked for companies who should copy that idea.
  • Really thoughtfully written

    By Roadrunnerstevie
    I am fan of David Sparks from the Mac Power Users podcast which I have been listening to for a while, so I expected a high quality product. The book was even better that I thought it could be; very logically constructed and put together with exactly the right level of detail for me. I followed a lot of the author's recommendations to the letter and after a very modest outlay on some hardware and software I now have a fully functioning paperless workflow. It has also reacquainted me with my Mac after pretty much using my iPad for everything these past 18 months. Thank you David for a humorous and very useful book.
  • Game changer

    By Sound Designer UK
    I very rarely take the time to review things in the app or bookstore but felt I really should with this book. It really is a bit of a revelation and has really got me thinking about workflow efficiency and organisation of my paperwork. It has meant that I've ended up spending a fair bit of money on some more flashy kit though (document scanner and a few bits of software) but I am now a convert and will not be looking back. Watching some of the many excellent screencasts also had the side benefit of re-acquainting me with some things that I'd more or less forgotten about e.g. Automator. It set my mind racing about all those other things I could automate in my life. Very soon I'm going to be a total workflow nerd!
  • Finally a way to get started with a paperless lifestyle

    By danand725
    I have finally taken the plunge into a paperless lifestyle. A lot of my statements and bills have become online only affairs, but I still get a lot of post that just hung around waiting to be filed. I wanted to scan things, but kept worrying about the process month to month. Having this book, with it's examples and processes had made the task a breeze. I had software liek "Hazel" for a while, but never fully used it, until now. Now, anything I scan or download is magically dealth with, without me lifting a finger! I've even got into usng AppleScript to do some magical things with my paperwork. This is a great book!
  • Pays For Itself

    By Light 365
    A wonderful book made with love and care by David Sparks. Full of useful tips on going paperless but so much more. Clear and easy to follow screencasts show you how to apply the tools he recommends. Abundant screenshots and practical tips for every aspect of going paperless. This book got me understanding and using Automator for the first time.
  • Very thought-provoking

    By ben_hdk853
    This book has saved me a simply ridiculous amount of time and money. I particularly like that the author doesn't totally focus on the technology; you can see beyond his implementations to the deeper methods behind them. Definitely worth a read.
  • Indispensable

    By ASLondon
    I have just finished reading this - in a single session! It has pulled together so many disparate bits of information that I was hitherto half aware of into a coherent and workable means of going paperless. I've just purchased a Fujitsu Scansnap and have already started on the paperless journey. If you have any interest in effectively managing the piles of paper and digital documents in your life - BUY THIS BOOK!
  • Outstanding

    By Orca1910
    A fabulous ebook by the peerless David Sparks; if you have any interest in paperless workflows, don't think about it - get this book. Quite simply best in class.