Since my first Apple ][ computer in 1979, I have acquired my technical knowledge from a wide variety of sources including books, videos, tutorials, classes, Internet and friends. One of my most important sources is well-versed, easy-to-follow, and very responsive.
Take Control actually began in 2003 as a radical rethinking of how books are written, edited, published, and even how they are read. Take Control is run 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. In addition, they had spent the last 15 years gaining experience in Internet publishing with TidBITS, their Web site (updated quite often) and weekly email newsletter about Apple and Internet topics.
These experiences helped them develop the Take Control model, which has resulted in very 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. Below are current titles over books now available:
Most books are sold in the $10-20 range at https://www.takecontrolbooks.com. For more background, read the TidBITS article that introduced the series, or see the 2010 video wherein Chris Breen from Macworld interviews Adam and Tonya about the series.