The Internet: The Rough Guide 2000

Currently in its fifth edition, this book is an excellent buy at a competitive price.

Costing around $12.95, it is hard to find a better book covering the Internet. And when you flick through it and realise its vast scope, from addresses and software downloads to music and playing games, you wonder how it can fit into your pocket.

The author, Australian writer Angus J. Kennedy, has written a book with something for all of us. A novice Internet user will find it more than useful in demystifying the terminology associated with the Web, and appreciate its handy tips to make the process of connecting easy. But don't discard this book as strictly for newbies, as it also includes plenty of areas of interest for savvy surfers; with its annual updates, you are bound to unearth some online gems. Most of us rarely have the time to take full advantage of what the Net can offer and this guide is a good way to keep current.

The book also brandishes a comprehensive list of Web sites - a section that comprises the last half of the book. Another added convenience is the listing of Internet Service Providers in Britain, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and although it doesn't pretend to be comprehensive, it is a good starting point. And pleasingly, due to the author's (local) roots, there is plenty of Australian content in the book! A good reference for anyone, and certainly those new to the Web who don't want to wander aimlessly among the clutter.

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Justin Sims

PC World

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