A new book aims to help members of the older generation get to grips with the iPad.

iPad for the Older and Wiser, available from today, will explain everything about buying and setting up an iPad, using its keyboard and gesture controls and using the built-in apps, including Notes, Mail, Contacts, Maps, the web browser Safari, and the video and music apps, according to its author.

"The iPad is a fantastic device. It makes it a joy to do most of the things that people usually do with computers, because it’s so much more convenient to use than desktops or laptops," said Sean McManus, who is also the author of Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser and Social Networking for the Older and Wiser.

"While the iPad is easy to use, it’s not always immediately obvious how to operate it, so my book helps readers to learn the gestures and the secrets of the built-in apps, so they can get the best from their device," he continued.

Also covered in the 256-page book is how to use the iPad to browse their photos, and if they have an iPad with cameras, they can find out how to take photos, make videos, and have FaceTime video conference calls. There are 80 screenshot and at the end of each chapter you'll find a Brain Training quiz.

The book will be augmented by a free digital supplement covering iOS 5, the new version of Apple’s operating system for the iPad, which is expected to be released in the autumn. The iOS 5 guide will be available for free download from the author’s website.

Published by John Wiley & Sons, the book is currently available from Amazon for £7.01 or as a Kindle book for £6.66.