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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply put: Great Information!

I've been on ebay for a year or so and have sold and bought many items. I bought this book and learned superior ways around the ebay service. Actually, I haven't lost an auction since I read the chapter on bidding. The book also helped me save money on shipping my items. Read this book whether you're a beginner or really into ebay. It'll fill in the blanks that you can't find in other books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Regarding the mind... intellectually stimulating

I have purchased dozens of this book for friends. Although difficult for the layman, it is one of the most impressive books written about the human mind and thinking. As for technique, the author reinforces each concept from the perspective of art, mathematics and music. The only book in this subject area that is more stimulating and more current, is Sensitive By Nature: Understanding Intelligence and the Mind, which communicates well to professional and layman alike.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Step-by-Step Approach to Using the SAS System for Univariate and Multivariate Statistics
Publisher: Books by Users Press
Authors: Larry Hatcher, Edward J. Stepanski
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
One of my favorite statistical reference books

You do not need to be a social scientist nor use SAS to find this book helpful. I am not a social scientist, and often use other statistical software. Still, I use this guide more than any of my other statistical textbooks and reference books. The authors do an excellent job of explaining how to perform and interpret a variety of statistical tests. For SAS users, there are many example programs and instructions on how to write and interpret these. If you regularly use statistics in your schooling or career, this book is a must have!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 Developer's Handbook Volume 1: Desktop Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, Mike Gilbert
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Probably good if read like a novel

This book is a paradox. It's huge and filled with lots of information. It weighs a lot and has lots of pages.

WHY then, do I refer to it time and time again and never find anything I am looking for?

After attempting to use this book as a reference guide for the past few years, I have given up. It simply does not have the information I am looking for. I am tired of being in a bind while developing an Access tool, grabbing this and looking for a topic, only NOT to find it.

This book DOES have information, though. Lots of it. Used as a reference guide, it trepidates close to offering solutions to common problems. Scan through it and it will *touch* upon topics I need to know about, then veer off into some unknown space that is not what I need. Then I end up going to google groups where I find what I need quickly.

And that reminds me. The index leaves a lot to be desired. The words are large and, for long topics, it is easy to get lost because it is difficult to see which sections are indented (some sections are so long there are no indentations).

Just the other day I was trying to learn more about Access's .Text versus .Value property for textboxes. Surely, in a book of this size, there MUST be a paragraph devoted to it, right?

If so, I'd like to know where it is. Google groups...found it.

So as a reference guide, this book sucks.

HOWEVER, if this book was read from cover-to-cover and the material memorized, THAT would probably yield some good learnings. But I don't use computer reference books that way at all. This book would be way too big and dry for that.

Bottom line, I spent 59 bucks on this thing and it takes up a lot of room on my bookshelf. It would probably be a good book if read cover-to-cover. I can't think of 1 topic this book has helped me through during the development of Access tools.