Posted by: Lisa Hill | June 27, 2013

Laptops (Teach Yourself Visually) (2012) by Sherry Kinkoph Gunter

LaptopsYes, I know, ANZ LitLovers is the last place you’d expect to find a review of a computer textbook.

MacUsers, stop reading now.  (I used to have a Mac,  and I quite liked it, but the days when it was an infinitely superior product are long gone, and anyway, I like to run the same systems at home as I do at work, it’s much more productive than constantly having to switch between different ways of working).


Now, trust me, even if you are reasonably competent with Windows, if you’ve just bought a new computer,  it is going to have Windows 8 installed, and so this book –  or something like it – is essential.  Windows 8 is more like a SmartPhone but it doesn’t always play the way you expect it to, and when you are flummoxed, you need this book.

That’s because although the computer comes with a guide to Windows 8 preinstalled to walk you through the changes –  if you somehow accidentally escape the screen, you can’t get it back.  (Well, I haven’t been able to find it again *sigh*).

Laptops is written for a beginner, so it includes a whole lot of stuff about, yes, laptops, but most of the book is about how Windows 8 works.  I would be lost without it.  The instructions are very clear, and the index and chapter layouts are first class.

Highly recommended.

Author: Sherry Kinkoph Gunter
Title: Laptops (Teach Yourself Visually)
Publisher: Wiley, 2012
ISBN: 9781118252918
Source: Kingston Library


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  1. Nice review, Lisa :) Sorry to know about the Windows 8 pre-installed guide which you are not able to find again. Hope you are able to get it back. Thanks for telling us about this book. It looks quite useful.


    • It must be lurking inside it somewhere! I’ll let you know if ever I find it…


  2. Downloaded this book from Kindle, and am now starting to fathom Windows 8. I found the system anything but intuitive and very frustrating. Thanks for the review – in among keep warm and reading for fun, just the thing for wet weekend!


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