About In 30 Minutes® Guides

The first In 30 Minutes® guide, Dropbox In 30 Minutes, was published in 2012 as an ebook for the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad. Since then, publisher i30 Media has expanded the In 30 Minutes® series to more than a dozen titles, covering topics as diverse as business, software, and medicine. Readers can purchase ebook editions or paperback guides, and there are additional licensing and bulk purchase options for schools, businesses, and other institutional customers.

The brand has also blossomed online, with scores of how-to videos, blog posts, and other resources to help people understand a variety of mildly complex topics. Hundreds of people visit in30minutes.com every day to pick up tips and learn more about the series.

The company is based in the Boston area. Use the contact form to get in touch.

Our Authors

Robert Duchnik

Robert DuchnikRobert Duchnik (jQuery Plugin Development In 30 Minutes) is an experienced full-stack web developer with over ten years of experience. Duchnik is also the author of the Websanova blog where he writes about web development and hosts a myriad of popular open source jQuery plugins.


Tim Fisher

Tim FisherTim Fisher (Windows 8 Basics In 30 Minutes) is a full-time freelance writer and is About.com’s PC Support expert. Prior to freelancing, he worked in every aspect of the technology world, including support, training, installation, documentation, and sales. Tim’s Windows expertise goes back more than two decades, and includes major Windows releases such as Windows 95, Windows 98, XP, Vista, Windows Server, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


Shiao-jang Kung

Shiao-jang Kung (Easy Chinese Recipes In 30 Minutes) was born in Taiwan, and grew up learning traditional Chinese cooking from both her mother, a native of southern Taiwan, and father, a native of Sichuan Province, China, whose parents operated a popular noodle shop.


Ian Lamont

Ian LamontIan Lamont is an award-winning technology journalist and the founder of i30 Media Corp. He has written for more than a dozen online and print publications, including the BBC World Service, Computerworld, and The Economist Intelligence Unit. He is the author of Twitter In 30 Minutes, Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, and Personal Finance For Beginners In 30 Minutes.


Dr. J. Thomas Lamont

Dr. J. Thomas LamontDr. J. Thomas Lamont (C. Diff In 30 Minutes) has served as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1996, and was GI Division Chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston from 1996 to 2012. He currently serves as Associate Editor for GI and Liver Diseases at the New England Journal of Medicine, and as Editor-in-Chief for Gastroenterology for UpToDate in Medicine.


Melanie Pinola

Melanie Pinola Melanie Pinola (LinkedIn In 30 Minutes) has over a dozen years’ experience in content development for both the web and traditional media. She regularly writes for Lifehacker, ITworld, and About.com’s Mobile Office Technology sites.


Derek Slater

Derek Slater (Online Content Marketing In 30 Minutes and Content Marketing: Recycling & Reuse) is the content director of Ready State digital marketing in Palo Alto, California. He is also the founder of Content Informatics, which helps marketers and content creators use online data sources to drive content creation, presentation, re-purposing, and performance enhancement.

Prospective Authors

Are you interested in writing an In 30 Minutes® guide? We’re looking for prospective authors who not only have a great writing voice, but are also experts (or power users) in specific software, technology, science, business, and legal fields AND love to promote themselves and their work!

In 30 Minutes® guides are between 10,000 and 15,000 words long (about 1/5 the size of a novel). The language is casual, fun, and informative — we want to help readers quickly get up to speed on mildly complex topics.

The series is constantly growing. We aggressively market our books, and offer an extremely generous royalty rate. Contact us if you are interested in learning more!