4 Internet Starter Books
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title:Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, 2nd Edition;
Adam C. Engst; Hayden Books; ISBN: 1-56830-111-1;
paperback; 1024 pages, US$29.95, CAN$39.99
Title: Internet Starter Kit for Windows; Adam C. Engst,
Corwin S. Low, and Michael A. Simon; Hayden Books;
ISBN 1-56830-094-8; paperback; 649 pages;
Title: Internet Explorer Kit for Macintosh; Adam C. Engst
& William Dickson; Hayden Books; ISBN 1-56830-089-1;
paperback; 462 pages; US$29.95, CAN$39.99;
Title: New Riders' Official Internet Yellow Pages;
Christine Maxwell and Czeslaw Jan Grycz; New Riders
Publishing; ISBN 1-56205-306-X; paperback; 889 pages;
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan. " For the Internet novice,
here is a group of the best."
A Michelin Guide For The Internet.
Internet, the hottest word on the computer scene
these days. Few understand it, many are intimidated
by it, but with little reason. There is plenty of written
work available to explain the wonders of the Internet,
or information superhighway as it is often referred to.
Here is a group of the best.
Billed as "Everything you need to get on the Internet,"
the Internet Starter Kits for Mac and for Windows by
Adam Engst and his team, truly set out the essential
elements of Internet use for the uninitiated. They are
written in refreshingly easy-to-understand language,
accompanied by well-reproduced screens and
The authors assume nothing in terms of the reader's
preparation for embarking out onto the Internet. The
two books mirror each other laying out their three
sections dedicated to educating the user of either
Mac or Windows. The fourth part of each book consists
of more than 200 pages of resources in appendixes
that firmly support the earlier text.
The Internet Yellow Pages is far more than the name
implies. It is as stated, "a Michelin Guide for the Internet...
" While there are two authors credited, this was a
massive undertaking by the members of a large support
group who thankfully receive full credit for their
contribution in the acknowledgements.
How thoroughly they did their work is evidenced by the
completeness of the categories, set out alphabetically,
with listings ranked as "Standard, Major, or Turbo"
depending on the depth and type of information offered.
Icons helpfully identify various features such as all the
free resources available to those who roam the Internet.
The Appendixes include an Index, Listing of Audience
Fields, Listing of Keywords, and a remarkable Glossary
of Terms, Acronyms and the Language of the Internet.
In short, the find-it guide everyone needs.
My commercial internet server, recommend these three
books to all new customers. They say that it saves them
a lot of "coaching time," and I agree.
The Internet Explorer takes a distinctively different approach.
The reader is invited to overhear a dialogue between two
friends discussing their use of the Internet. Occasionally
the conversation expands to include other participants.
At times the dialogue lapses into puerile chit-chat, but
surprisingly, the approach works, and if you can wade
through it there is an amazing amount of information
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