Series: Shelly Cashman Series
Paperback: 616 pages
Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (July 8, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #47,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #18 in Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & DIY > Personal Computers > PCs #627 in Books > Textbooks > Computer Science #13539 in Books > Reference
DO NOT BUY THE BOOK!!! Just buy the coursemate/cengage study guide. It's much cheaper than the book and it's all you need. The fact they don't include that stuff in the price of a $150-$180 book is insane. What a money grab.Buy what you need to get an A for less than 10% of this book and don't get robbed like I did.
I have never read a textbook worse than this one. I am currently enrolled in a basic computing course titled "Intro to Business Computing". Its a pre-req for many other courses, and granted its a "basic" course the text book they picked (above) is the worst I have even had to force myself to sit through. It is basic but it goes beyond basic, Its insulting to anyone, that is even if you aren't computer literate...I don't EVER write reviews, this book is so bad in my opinion, I will go out of my way to 1-star this and hope the editor/publisher goes out of business. misty e. vermaat should be ashamed of putting such nonsense out into the mainstream. I don't know how on earth this book was ever selected to be my courses textbook....
Great book for someone wanting to know all the insides and out of the computer as a item. Not so great on how to use the software. But it was my fault for not reading the details close enough when I bought it. I'll find someone who wants it though.
Check in with your professor before purchasing this book. Often times you will be required to purchase, so it says on the class material requirements. Purchased for $80, and ended up not looking at it once. It's a great purchase if you're talking about the quality of the materials used to make it, the ink came out incredibly clear, the book did not have a single ding on it. However, if you're talking about the information it contains, your grandparents most likely know more than what this book will teach you.
I gave it four stars because it basically does what it says it does, which is introduces you to computers. Extremely basic and boring, but it is a textbook. Whatever class uses this book will also be very basic, so I guess it makes sense.
This book may be good for someone who has never used a computer and may not know the very basics of any computer or digital device. (I think it could be written by Capt. Obvious) I rented the book for the semester. If it was something I wanted for future reference, I might have bought it, but it sadly is not. Some of the questions I was tested on are not even in the book. I had to go online and do a Google search for the answers. A very dull read, and torturous to slog through.
I was very disappointed, particularly with "Beyond the Book". I expected much more than I received for the price of the book!
This book is required for my Computer Science class. It is boring to read and the topics are all over the place. It could have been better if it was more organized. It talks about basic stuff that we mostly know about already x.x
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