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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (Jan. 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470048913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470048917
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 18.9 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 721 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. S. R. Watkins on March 7 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is very outdated and the publisher needs to update it. I emailed the author and he agreed with me.
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A note from Susan (one of the authors!) Jan. 21 2007
By Susan Abdulezer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Okay, I had to give it 5 stars since I co-wrote the book and I know all the research, reflection, editing and late nights that went into Skype for Dummies. But I also wanted to add a little personal note about Skype and why I wanted to write this book.

Skype is an amazing way to communicate. I don't use it exclusively (I use land lines, email and cell phones too). But I wanted to open up the possibilities of using a program that let's you talk, type in messages, conference, videoconference, transfer files all at the same time, in the same venue, exploding the idea of what it means to mingle electronically. My husband Loren (my co-author), and our friend Howard Dammond (my other co-author), used Skype constantly in the writing work flow. We'd develop an outline and send the file out (you can send files out to a whole bunch of people at once if they are in a Skype chat or conference with you). We'd each look at it, comment, paste in paragraphs, changes, suggestions and add live links in the chat window, and then get down to work. Our work flow was almost exclusively on Skype. This was true even when Loren was in the study and I was in the living room in the same apartment. It was faster to Skype a file and paste a paragraph into a chat than it was to email or print and walk the chapter over to the next room. We really hadn't anticipated how efficient this was (and grateful for that efficiency when deadlines loomed).

Skype had become part of our culture of communicating. We used it for work, play, to explore, to teach and to connect our far flung families.

On any given day, while I'm at work writing or researching on my computer, a little alert comes up inviting me to answer a Skype call. Not unusual...but the call is from my mother, a new user to computers, and well into her eighties. Mom lives in Florida, I'm in New York, and her Skype contacts allow her to instantly call any of her children with a couple of clicks. She also uses landlines and cell phones, but the quality of a Skype call for her is much clearer...a boon to failing hearing. I coached my Mom in how to set up a contact list and how to Skype out to her brothers in Indiana and Virginia, and her nieces in California. She is a confident Skyper (although she calls it Spyke!) and absolutely took to the program because it made sense to use it.

In the book we certainly tried to be really, really clear about how to use all the features of Skype...and then some (editors in the Dummies series are meticulous about insisting on clarity...albeit with a huge dose of humour). But we wanted to talk about the new culture that is emerging because of such programs; the enormity of how much more productive we can be if we take advantage of new tools; how far our reach can go in multi-continent collaboration, language learning, and business development.

To me, Skype is personal. I use it every day. This book was not a platform for political, economic or ethical discussions on Skype, eBay, cable companies and the like (I'll let you know when I become a political columnist). It's simply a glance down the road, a fun travel guide to suggest a path and destination you may not have considered (or didn't know was there). What is that destination? A very rich, varied way to connect with each other.

Loren, Howard and I truly hope you enjoy the book (of course we do). But, more than that, we hope we've opened a few eyes, imaginations, and helped to launch a few enterprises.

Thanks for reading my little missive,

Sincerely, Susan Abdulezer
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Good for newbies and experienced Skypers alike... Feb. 3 2007
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Format: Paperback
Skype is one of those applications that has completely rewritten the rules of an industry. No more does the phone company hold sway over who you can and can't communicate with, as well as how much it is going to cost you. Skype for Dummies by Loren & Susan Abdulezer and Howard Dammond gives an excellent guide to the product, as well as to many of the add-ons that regular users may not be aware of...


Part 1 - Getting Started with Skype: What's All the Hoopla about Skype?; Hooking Up with Skype; Getting Familiar with Skype's Interface

Part 2 - As You Like It - Skype Your Way: Customizing Skype Options to Suit Your Style; Getting Personal; The Mad Chatter; Skyping Eye to Eye - Skype with Video; The Ins and Outs of SkypeIn and SkypeOut

Part 3 - Calling All Seasoned Skypers: Managing Your Messages; Partying On - On the Conference Line!; Spicing Things Up with Great Gadgets and Add-Ons

Part 4 - The Professional Skyper: "Skypifying" Your Business; Exploring Skype Communities; Skypecasting

Part 5 - The Part of Tens: Ten Reasons Your Mom (and Other Family) Will Love Skype; (Almost) Ten Ways to Promote Your Business Using Skype; Ten Ways to Use Skype at School

Appendix A: Skype Multilanguage Support; Appendix B: Skype Tips and Tricks Guide; Index

For the person who has never used Skype and doesn't know about VoIP telephony, this is a perfect, non-threatening introduction. There's enough background on why Skype is important and how it works without descending into complete geek-speak. The authors take you through download, installation, configuration, and your first call. If that's all it did, the book would be OK for a certain target audience, but fortunately it goes beyond that. For people beyond the basics, you'll find out about conference calling as well as other third-party add-ons to the Skype product. For instance, Pamela is an add-on that record calls, remind you of personal details about the person you're calling, and various other nice items. I downloaded and installed it, and it's a nice addition. I also didn't know about designing your own avatar for viewing on Skype. Granted, avatars are not exactly mission-critical, must-have features, but it was fun to do and would have remained hidden to me without a book such as this bringing it to my attention.

My particular occupation (software development) and profession keeps me in regular contact with friends all over the world. Without Skype, I'd be restricted to email or instant messages. Reading this book has reinforced the need to keep my headset plugged in and nearby for incoming Skype calls. It's also motivated me to check out getting a webcam for video chatting. That will shrink my world even further. Yes, I could find out about all this stuff in Skype without reading a book. But having Skype for Dummies at hand made it much easier to review what I didn't know about the software, as well as tweaking my work setup to take better advantage of it.

Good book, and definitely recommended for those who want to talk to people all over the world without it costing an arm and a leg...
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Skype Hype July 31 2007
By Stephen M. Archer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was interested in Skype only for video conferencing on a Macintosh computer,
in order to connect with a Windows machine across the state. It all worked just
as the book said it would, so I was quite pleased with it. I did not investigate the
telephone capacities.

I would recommend the book for anyone approaching Skype for the first time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Just Awesome Aug. 12 2011
By JoyR - Published on
Format: Paperback
My skype was up and running in minutes. Very convenient and easy to use. Highly Recommend Skype and this book
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Copyright vs Kindle edition March 8 2012
By Richard - Published on
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OK this is a good book because I have the hardcover but it's also a copyright 2007 which means it's about 5 years old. The Kindle edition and the copyright are different so be careful with all the books you order in the Kindle store. Make sure you go into the book and check the copyright. How much do you think Skype has change in 5 years?

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