In order to get the best learning experience from the Shelly Cashman "Introductory" books for Office 2007 apps is to also have handy some other instructional text to back it up ... because you WILL be left wondering. Sometimes an Office 2003 text will help if you can find a way to adapt it to the 2007 software, but because Office 2007 is far more powerful than Office 2003, you may still be left wanting. If you're going with this particular series, try to get either the "Complete" or "Comprehensive" levels for the application you want to learn. Mind you, the "Introductory" issue is a great basic book: lots of hands-on projects, written instructions, pictures, explanations, etc., etc. But, going straight for the "Complete" edition will net you not only new information and more projects and stuff, but you'll get ALL of the "Introductory" edition. If you can go all out and get the "Comprehensive" edition you'll receive - in that one book - ALL of the "Introductory" edition AND ALL of the "Complete" edition, AS WELL AS whatever two or three chapters were added to make it deserve a "Comprehensive" distinction.
But there's something that's maddening about all of these books. Nowhere in the independent hands-on exercises will you see an example of what it looks like if you've correctly completed a project - know what I mean? If you're teaching yourself, you want that feature. It's helpful. Another thing it does is get cute and throw at you an instruction to create or do something that hasn't yet been introduced - so how would you know how to accomplish and finish the project? That's not useful, it's not cute, and for what the book costs, it sure as hell ain't funny. Fortunately, Maryland has a fantastic library system and I'm able to borrow whatever "Comprehensive" edition I need. But for those of you who don't have that resource, take heed to what I said in the beginning, or maybe you can get your hands on an Instructor's edition that more than likely has everything we're missing as mere students.