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In the seventies we had Python's tie and matching handkerchief; in the noughties, the increasingly popular fashion is for book and matching Web site. One of a series of guides, including Shopping and the Net the "cool guides" may not do anything other Web reviewers don't do but they do it rather more beautifully.
The team of editors reviews each site in a brief but lively manner with special mentions for content, design (including usability and strength of site architecture) and originality. The entertainment guide has special sections on chat, with a glossary of terms and clear explication of the various chat software packages: ICQ, IRC, AIM. It takes you through downloading and manipulating MP3 files, and has two clearly written pages on what kinds of results you can expect depending on the speed of your connection, and which plug-ins you'll need to view various types of media: RealPlayer, QuickTime, Flash.
The book itself looks like a nicely designed Web site, and is well-organised for ease of use, with an extensive table of contents as well as an index that helps you find sites, or locate newsgroups, by name. If you're fed up of trawling through endless sites that promise everything and deliver precious little, this book helps to separate the dross from the good'uns. --Liz Bailey
Turn off the TV and grab your mouse -- entertainment has gone electronic. Log on to the Internet and you can watch films and live concerts, listen to the radio, chat with a favorite sports star, or play chess with someone halfway around the world. The Internet Cool Guide: Online Entertainment shows you how and where to do it.
We've handpicked 600 of the coolest entertainment sites on the Net and rated them for content, design, and originality. Fun and informative reviews tell you what's cool at each site and which plug-in you'll need to enjoy the show. From finding movie show times to reading sports scores, horoscopes, and the latest celebrity gossip, you won't believe how much there is to do.
Slick, savvy, and perfect for browsing, The Internet Cool Guide: Online Entertainment is your must-have guide to finding fun stuff online. Don't miss it!