Discovering Computers 2011; Complete, provides students with a current and thorough introduction to computers by integrating the use of technology with the printed text.
Rather be punched in the face...
By Robert P. Seaton on Sep 24, 2010
Since you're reading this review, I gather that you have managed to successfully navigate to Amazon and are considering making an online purchase. Congratulations! If you are able to complete tasks of similar difficulty, like using a keyboard, running a program, and finding information with a search engine, you already know everything in this book. However, let's just imagine for a minute that you don't know how to get onto Amazon or use Google. Well, guess what!? This book manages to teach you how to do that in a mere 920 pages! That's longer than any world history text I have ever used. They manage to fit the entire history of civilization into fewer pages than this book. If I had to choose between using this textbook and getting hit in the face, I would choose getting hit in the face. It's less painful and cheaper.
An Abuse of the System - Do Not Waste Money
By Chris L. Kidd on Mar 29, 2011
This 1000 page book could have been written (and would have better communicated its message if done so) in less than 100 pages. This is an abuse of the sytem with students having to pay for (many times the Federal Government) this kind of crap. Everything in this book was dragged on and on and on, and it is painfully obvious that it does so in order to provide pages, just for the purpose of looking good. Do not say you have not been warned!
Lots of information
By Roger S Metz on Sep 25, 2010
This book is an overview of how computers are used in society, business, personal use etc. Lots of detail and discussion of related themes associated with the various chapters. Extra detail at end of each chapter that goes into depth, links are given to help with additional research of the topics. The web site associated with the book is quite interactive and helps with absorbing the information. None of the chapters go into intense depth but are simply an introduction for a first semester college student. Lots of information though. If you read the entire book you will have a high level grasp of the use of computers.
Please shoot me in the head
By Myles A. Voigt on Feb 10, 2011
If you have a class that uses this book, TEST OUT OF IT! The first chapter tells you what a computer is. The second chapter tells you what the internet is, and the third chapter tells you what software is. Obviously if you are on Amazon looking at this book you know all of this already.
Discovering Computers for Kindle
By Patrickk on Feb 14, 2012
This book did not come with page numbers, which made it extremely difficult when my teach who barely spoke English said "go to page 243" and I had to ask all those around me what page 243 looked like because somehow Cengage (the publisher) hasn't yet figured out how to meet audience needs. Seriously guys? Get yourself together. I will never (again) buy a book from Amazon for school that does not have page numbers.
By Beth on Oct 09, 2011
This book was not very helpful at all. It was very dense and explained everything so scientifically that I had a hard time using it. I felt like a lot of the information was common sense and a waste of paper.
Shelly Cashman does a good book, this one is just not very informative
By Drew S. on Aug 16, 2013
This book is what it is, a 1000 or 1001 class book. People have to start learning somewhere. I would guess it is something that is much more work for the author to write then to read. The stuff is very very basic in this book but it had to be done. I have had other books by Shelly and they are very good and helped me a lot.
By Edward Clements on Apr 01, 2013
this book is what i asked for and what it was supposed to be so i have to give it good marks...it is for those who require a basic understanding of pc's
Boooo...overpriced college textbooks.
By K. Bontrager on Oct 15, 2012
Seriously, the guy who said he'd rather be punched in the face is right. It's an introductory book on very basic computer knowledge that of course is required for a required class. So the class is several hundred dollars, and the book is $150 new or $50 was the best used cost I could find, and even that was a rip off. I hope the authors read this. You both are genius for milking the poor broke collage students for so much money on such common knowledge text, but your also d-bags.
Components of a Computer
By Amazon Customer on Sep 21, 2012
This is a good source to learn the basics of computers from the inside out and how they function. Computers are a source of knowledge in todays world and this is a book that teaches you the guts of the components that make it possible.
Interesting Book, Great graphics
By Robc on Jan 20, 2015
Good Book for those new to the technologies. Overview only, nothing really in-depth, plenty of history, bios, timelines. Some information however is dated and some flat out wrong (the books networking chapter has errors that may have been corrected in later versions.) If taking a beginning Computer Science class at a college, this book is just as good as later more expensive options.