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February 28, 2008

Introducing The SharePoint Shepherd’s Guide for End Users

It is with great pleasure that I introduce availability for The SharePoint Shepherd’s Guide for End Users.  The book has been a passion of mine for some time and represents a radical departure from my previous publishing experiences.  This is a book that is specifically designed to provide the most flexibility in my being able to support your needs.

The book itself is a collection of 116 step-by-step guides for how to use SharePoint.  It covers the core tasks that every user needs to be able to do.  It’s not things that just the power users need to do, or that the site administrators need to do.  These are the everyday tasks that every user needs to do.  From uploading a document to recovering an item from the recycle bin, there are step-by-step instructions on where to go and what to do.

The book’s companion site,, contains a complete table of contents and a sample task so you can see what tasks are covered in the book – and how they’re covered in a step-by-step manner.

Right now the book is available from is a print-on-demand publisher/printer that I’ve used for the production of the book.  This means that books are printed after you order them.  Generally this occurs within 24-48 hours.  The book will eventually be available on and other online resellers, but that may take as much as 8 weeks from today.  This is due to the way that the book industry works.  Rather than wait until it was available universally I wanted to allow folks to order the book today.

Earlier I mentioned that the way the book was approached was specifically designed to make things flexible.  This is primarily in the area of corporate licensing.  In my conversations with my clients, with Microsoft representatives, and other MVPs, it became apparent that there was a need for corporations to deploy step-by-step guides for their end users.  The Microsoft provided help and learning kit just weren’t enough for most organizations.  This was the genesis of the book – to provide a solution for organizations who need to empower their users to use SharePoint.

Unfortunately, traditional publishers are simply not capable of dealing with corporate licensing deals on any kind of scale.  That meant that I had to find a printer/publisher who would allow me to retain 100% of the rights so that I could license the content to corporations as they need it.

If you want to know more about corporate licensing contact my administrative support at [email protected].  The team will be happy to help you with the options for licensing and the costs.  They’ll also be happy to assist you with large quantity orders of the hardcopy book.  The basic licensing models for the book in electronic form is either in PDF or Word format with varying print options and modification rights.  We should be able to accommodate any need including custom publication requests.

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