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Is This Thing On?, Revised Edition: A Computer Handbook For Late Bloomers, Technophobes, And The Kicking & Screaming

Now updated and revised, the user-friendliest, most reassuring, jargon-free, smartest, and most comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide for seniors, who are the fastest-growing demographic among social networks. Abby Stokes is the perfect guide to the digital domain: She’s taught more than 140,000 seniors how to use a computer.  In an easy, authoritative, hand-holding way, she covers it all: how to choose, buy, and start using a computer. How to connect to the Internet, sign up for e-mail, and use search engines. Plus, how and why to get digital in the first place: the ins and outs of online shopping, banking, travel planning, dating, research; how to take and share digital photographs and videos; how to discover online communities, and use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; the world of apps, online music, and streaming movies; and, importantly, online security and “netiquette.” There’s information on iPads, smartphones—including the Blackberry, iPhone, and Android—and e-readers like Nook and Kindle. A companion website——plus a Facebook page and Twitter feed provide easy and safe access to this brave new world.

Paperback: 448 pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Revised edition (January 3, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0761168826

ISBN-13: 978-0761168829

Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #385,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #112 in Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & DIY > Personal Computers > PCs #308 in Books > Computers & Technology > Internet & Social Media > Social Media #432 in Books > Textbooks > Computer Science > Operating Systems

As a public librarian working in New York City, I am very interested in bridging the digital divide. Though we librarians--everywhere--have been busily doing this for 20 years or thereabouts, there are still those who resist, are terrified of, or hostile towards learning about computers.Luckily for us, Abby Stokes lives and works in our city and has made herself available to speak in our library branches. At this point she has spoken in dozens of libraries to enthusiastic crowds, and we are in the midst of preparing another branch tour over the next few months. Part of my job involves teaching a class, "Computer Surfing for 50+", and for years I have always concluded the class by recommending the first (2008) edition of Abby's remarkable book, as both a launching-off point for people wanting to learn more--and a soup-to-nuts mini-course for those who want a solid grounding. Its value is enhanced by the brilliant list of 200 websites, arranged by topic, at the back of the book.The new edition is what we Abby groupies have been dreaming of: it's all there--smartphones, e-readers, Facebook, Skype, flashdrives, and so much more. The format is very pleasing; a paperback (hence, easy to carry), but large enough and with enough of an inside margin that one can position it next to the computer so you can go page by page, following along with Abby's instructions. And I suspect many people do. The test-drive form for those in the market for a computer is what everyone buying a computer wants without realizing it. The sidebars, charts, and lists of steps and tips, are practical and appealing. At the back of the book you will surely be delighted, as I was, by the glossary, the updated list of 200+ websites, the extensive list of keyboard shortcuts, and the thorough index.

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