I Wrote a Book… and then I wrote a few hundred more – The Ultimate Chrome OS Guides

This website has been a resource for ChromeOS related news, tips and tricks for the past several years with several of my articles/tutorials being referenced to by dozens of popular websites over the years. Readers may have noticed the lack of content on my website over the past 18 months and might have assumed I have decided to stop writing about ChromeOS, the truth is actually completely opposite. I have actually been dedicating much of my spare time writing a series of books for ChromeOS users. This book started as one single book but … well … is now over 180 unique books and counting. You can even buy them now on Google Play and Amazon!

Why A Book?

I have a bit of a guilty obsession – over the past 18 months, I have been visiting bookstores in several states to purchase books on ChromeOS. I have purchased close to 30 electronic and physical books. In my quest to be the expert on ChromeOS, I read each one of these books to hopefully come across obscure facts and tricks that I was not aware of but sadly I often found myself disappointed by the time I finished each book. My complaints are numerous:

  • Outdated Content – Most of the books were horribly outdated. Several books had chapters to setup a profile on Google Plus, Google’s long defunct Social Networking Tool, Google Wave and make no reference to newer features such as Crostini. All of these books were sold on the shelf and not in a bargain bin yet were often 4-6 years out of date.
  • Focused on Limits of ChromeOS and not the Benefits of ChromeOS – Instead of focusing on the incredible power of a modern ChomeOS device, each book started with a chapter of how limited ChromeOS is and focused on ways to overcome those limits with some books even going as far as telling people to use Chrome Remote Desktop to control a Windows PC to get work done… This sort of outdated thinking was bad 4 years ago but aged like milk with modern Chromebooks.
  • Focused on Non-ChromeOS Features – We all know services like Office365 will allow you to edit Microsoft Word Documents with nothing more than a Web Browser and a Internet Connection however this is not a ChromeOS feature. Several books in my collection have entire chapters dedicated to third party services that have little to do with ChromeOS, mostly to highlight a perceived shortcoming with ChromeOS.
  • Books are Expensive! – The average price of each of the books I purchased was $24.99 with some going as high as $39.99. Some of these books genuinely did have some quality content when they were initially published but aged poorly as ChromeOS evolved. I believe that ChromeOS books should be priced a lot lower in general. It is true that most Chromebooks are on the affordable end of the market and it is unseasonable for someone who purchases a $250.00 Chromebook to also purchase a $25.00 book to go along with it.

I realized I could do a lot better

What Makes Your Books Better?

  • Always Up To Date – ChromeOS is an operating system that is always evolving and new features are being added or refined all the time. If you purchase my books, you will gain access to a digital book that will evolve with ChromeOS. When a new feature is added, your book will be updated, much like an app, and you will get documentation on the new feature. If a feature is removed from ChromeOS, it will likewise be removed from your book as well. Say goodbye to outdated books that continue to publish a chapter on how to setup a Google Plus Profile. Oh… and did I mention that updates to my book will be free!!!
  • Excellent Value – The price of my books will never exceed $9.99
  • Highlights the benefits of ChromeOS – ChromeOS is not limited, it is just different. My books do not focus on the limits of ChromeOS rather teach ChromeOS owners how to make use of their devices and unlock the full potential of ChromeOS.
  • Focused on Quality Content – Each book is between 121 and 223 pages and includes full color screenshots and images.
  • Focused on the features that your device actually has – Generally speaking ChromeOS devices share most of the same features between models however this does not mean that each model does not have its own unique set of features. There are several form factors and features that are limited to some specific units that could cause confusion to readers if their device lacks support for that feature. There is nothing worse than opening up a book and the first section of the book tells you to charge your Chromebox for several hours before use. By creating a book for each ChromeOS device, I am able to only ensure that the features of the specific model are covered and all unused features are removed from my book.
  • Written by a Longtime ChromeOS User – Many books on the market are written by professional authors who only use a review unit to write their books. Many don’t actually use ChromeOS as their full time operating system. In my case, I not only use ChromeOS as my primary operating system but my entire collection of books was exclusively written on my Chromebook.

180+ Books… Why?

Simply put, each ChromeOS device is different, they may share the same operating system however the features of each device varies. By maintaining a book for each ChromeOS device, I am able to ensure that only the features that your device supports are actually included. The goal of this is to prevent confusion from readers who may go out and purchase a optional accessory that might be mentioned in a general book (such as a USI stylus) but their device does not actually support it. Generally speaking, each book in the series shares about 40% of the content between books and in most cases will be applicable to similar units sold around the same time

180+ Books… How?

I will be the first to call out BS if someone claimed to have written over 180 books but I managed to figure out a way to do it in a sustainable and practical way by leveraging technology. I am a software engineer who has worked on several impressive products in my lifetime and my magnum opus is untimely let me author a massive amount of books with the same level of effort as maintaining three or four books. I created a platform to weave together fragments of my book together to target individual devices, essentially taking around 500 pages of content and distilling down to books between 121 and 223 pages. I call this tool, Spinneret and it exists in 6 main components

  • Spinneret Hive – The master controller responsible for orchestrating the complexities of spinneret, this includes things like state management and task queuing.
  • Spinneret Hub – Spinneret Hub is a web based management tool that is used as the primary datasource for Spinneret
  • Spinneret Artist – Spinneret Artist is responsible for creating all of the screenshots and artwork in my book. It has the ability to weave together UI elements and images to simulate all screenshots in the book. Spinneret Artist generates around 28GB of images in total for the entire series of books and will continue to grow as more content gets added to each book. Spinneret Artist can even go as far as setting a custom Chrome OS desktop wallpaper for a specific device and create all screenshots on the wallpaper. Spinneret Artist also ensures each image is optimized to ensure the quality of each image is high without the book consuming 1-2 GB of space on your device once downloaded.
  • Spinneret Author – Spinneret Author is an incredibly complicated tool that is responsible for weaving together 500+ pages of my writing to create a book. Spinneret Author actually performs research on each ChromeOS device by parsing out a custom database I maintain and the ChromiumOS source code itself to determine what features each device actually has. In a lot of ways, I do not control when a feature is going to be included in each guide but Google does when they officially add the feature to the device source code.
  • Spinneret Flow – There is absolutely nothing worse than to have a book that looks like it was written by a robot who only knows how to copy and paste… even though Spinneret Author is far more powerful than that. Spinneret Flow is a powerful tool that ensures that the book is cohesive and flows as if I wrote each individual book by hand. This tool uses a complicated natural language model that I developed called KMFlow3.
  • Spinneret Toolchain – A set of tools to perform sanity checks and assist with tasks associated with publishing the books.

Spinneret is a powerful tool that will not only allow me to write books but to keep all of my existing books updated with the latest and greatest features as ChromeOS continues to evolve. The tool is also designed to be flexible enough to allow me to eventually cover other things such as Android Phones, MacOS, iOS, Windows, Linux and More.

Buy the Ultimate Chrome OS Guide

It is strongly recommended to use Google Play Books to purchase your book as these will receive frequent (and free) updates as ChromeOS continues to evolve. All books available on Google Play may be shared with family members if on a Google Play Family Share Plan at no additional costs. Each book is $9.99. Google allows readers to preview sections of the book before purchase.

If you would still like to read my books but $9.99 is not something you can afford, please reach out to me at Keith@KMyers.me and I will see what I can do.

Books on Amazon will be delayed as Amazon lacks a way to bulk upload books and has a very involved and lengthy submissions and review process for each book and update. I will be working on adding additional book stores in the future such as iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

 

Book Title Buy on Google Play Books Buy on Amazon Kindle Books
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook CX9 (CX9400)
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook x360 14a
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Pro c640 G2 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip CX5
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 713
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 500e Chromebook 2nd Gen
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip CM3
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip CM5
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 14a-nd0097nr
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook x360 11 G4 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11 G9 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 14 G7
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook x360 11MK G3 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11MK G3 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 513
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 514
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Fanless Chromebox
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebox CXI4
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebox 4
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebox G3
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Ideapad 3 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 – CP311-3H
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 14a
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 100e 2nd Gen AMD
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 300e 2nd Gen AMD
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 712 or 713
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 14 G6
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook x360 11 G3 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip C436FA
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Chromebook Duet
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C202XA
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Google Pixelbook Go
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook 4
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook 4+
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook CB315-3H and CB315-3HT
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook CB314-1H and CB314-1HT
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook CB311-9HT and CB311-9H
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 – CP311-2H
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip C433TA
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Latitude 5300 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C425
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Chromebook C340-15
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Chromebook C340-11
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Chromebook S340-14
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 14e Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook x360 11 G2 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11 G7 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip C214
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip C204
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The CTL Chromebook Tab Tx1
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 311 – C721
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 – R721T
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip C434
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 512 – C851 and C851T
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 512 – R851TN
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 300e Chromebook 2nd Gen
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 500e Chromebook 2nd Gen
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 311
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 511
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 100e Chromebook 2nd Gen – MTK
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 300e Chromebook 2nd Gen MTK
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11A G6 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C403
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The PCmerge Chromebook AL116
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 315
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 14 db0000-db0999
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Google Pixel Slate
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook Plus LTE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 13 and Spin 13
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Model 7486
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 514
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C523
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Chromebook S330
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C423
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Chromebook C330
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C223
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The CTL Chromebook NL7
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The CTL Chromebook NL7T-360
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The CTL Chromebook J41
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook Plus – V2
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebox CXI3
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebox 3
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The CTL Chromebox CBx1
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook x2
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ViewSonic NMP660 Chromebox
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebox G2
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 – CP311-1H and CP311-1HN
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 11 – CB311-8H and CB311-8HT
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 300e Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 100e Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 500e Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 11 – C732, C732T, C732L and C732LT
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Poin2 Chromebook 11C
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Google Pixelbook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 15 CB515-1HT and 1H
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Poin2 Chromebook 14
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebox CN62
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 R751T
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook Pro
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook x360 11 G1 EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook and Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The AOpen Chromebox Mini
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The AOpen Chromebase Mini
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook Plus
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Chromebook 13 3380
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Chromebook 11 Model 3180
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Prowise Chromebook Proline
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook R13
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer 15.6 Inch Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Haier Chromebook 11
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Chromebook 11
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11 G5
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 14 for work – CP5-471
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 13 G1
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebase 24
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 14 CB3-431
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook 3rd
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C202SA and C300SA
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The CTL J5 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook 3
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook R11
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebit CS10
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo 100S Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Toshiba Chromebook 2 – 2015 Edition
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The AOpen Chromebase Commercial
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The AOpen Chromebox Commercial
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Chromebook 13 7310
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebase
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook Flip C100PA
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo ThinkCentre Chromebox
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebox CXI2
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C201
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 15
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook CB3-531
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Google Chromebook Pixel – 2015
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer C670 Chromebook 11
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Chromebook 11 – 3120
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 14 G3
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook 2 11 – XE500C12
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 13-CB5-311
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Toshiba Chromebook 2
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11 G3, G4, G4 and EE
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebook 11 C730, C730E and C735
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C300
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer Chromebox
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebox G1
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebook C200
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo N20 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11 G2
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The LG Chromebase 22CV241 and 22CB25S
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook 2 13 Inch
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook 2 11 Inch
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The ASUS Chromebox CN60
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Toshiba CB30 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Chromebook 11
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 14
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Chromebook 11 G1
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Dell Chromebox
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer C720, C70P and C740 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Google Chromebook Pixel
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The HP Pavilion Chromebook 14
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Lenovo Thinkpad X131e Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer C7 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer C7 Chromebook IPV
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebox Series 3
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Acer AC700 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
The Ultimate Chrome OS Guide For The Google Cr-48

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