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UGR7.COM – User Group Relations

We sincerely hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to face the new year. We hope this new year will bring a better life for all of us.

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Since my website is paid until early April 2024, I will continue it until the end of March 2024. Then I plan to move my site to a different host. It will look the same and have the same familiar address as, so you will not even know when the site moves. Also, my email address will remain the same, so you can still reach us at and That gives me a few months to offer you some closeout deals.

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As we end things in the next few months, I promise to keep you all informed with more frequent newsletters. However, I won’t overwhelm you!


Take Control Books

About Take Control Books – Apple and Windows eBooks
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Subject – General
Body of form – Name of your computer club and discount code

Take Control was started in 2003 by the husband-and-wife team Adam and Tonya Engst. By the time they began Take Control, they had authored or edited more than 25 traditional books and written hundreds of magazine articles for major Mac magazines. And they’d spent the last 15 years gaining experience in internet publishing with TidBITS, a website and weekly email newsletter about Apple and internet topics. These experiences helped them develop the Take Control model, which results in highly practical ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book.

In May 2017, Adam and Tonya sold the Take Control series to alt concepts, inc.—a company run by the most prolific Take Control author, Joe Kissell. Along with his wife, Morgen Jahnke, Joe has continued to expand the Take Control series while maintaining the essential ingredients that made it successful from the very beginning.

Although Joe still occasionally writes Take Control books (and serves as the Editor in Chief for the series), most of our titles are written and edited by other well-known tech experts, such as Andy Affleck, Caroline Rose, Glenn Fleishman, Jason Snell, Jeff Carlson, Jeff Porten, Josh Centers, Kelly Turner, Kirk McElhearn, Michael E. Cohen, Robyn Weisman, Scholle McFarland, and Sharon Zardetto.

Joe and Morgen live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada with their two sons and their cat. They previously lived in San Diego.


What can TechBoomers do for your group?

  • General Meeting – give your members a tour of
  • Turn their tutorials into a PowerPoint presentation
  • Show their videos at a meeting
  • Add a link to their website on your homepage
  • Download or print their content to distribute for your classes
  • Embed their YouTube videos as examples in your online lessons
  • Play their YouTube videos in classes
  • Thank you for giving them credit when you do so