I too purchased this book because it was a required text for a computer information systems course. As my title suggests, this book could have been a serviceable workbook for a some other course textbook. As a standalone resource for Access 2010, it is a disaster.
The book is "case" driven. That is, concepts are explained by referencing a model database created for a fictional company. Concepts are illustrated by having the reader follow along on his or her computer making changes to the "case" database. Ideally, the reader would learn by doing. The problem is that the examples overwhelm the concepts. Even a diligent student comes away from the lesson with only a rudimentary understanding of the core concepts because the examples are so narrow and the text generally lacks discussion on how one might apply the concepts in a different context. There is very little discussion about program syntax and few tables or charts summarizing program commands. The index appears to have been thrown together by monkeys.
Additionally, the authors spend an inordinate amount of time on formatting and other tangential issues. The examples are replete with change this font to that font, change this color, add a line here, delete a picture there, capitalize this, highlight that. One of the "key terms" for the chapter on queries is "F2 key". A review question at the end of the chapter on analyzing data is "What is the World Wide Web?" It is torture for the student who actually wants to learn something substantive about Access or relational databases.
The examples themselves are pretty easy to follow and execute. If only the rest of the book were the same.