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4.0 out of 5 stars A great resource.
This one takes a bit of slogging through, but it's got great advice and the best thing about it is the illustrated examples. Lets you really see exactly what the author is talking about. It's not a Steve Krug book...I get the feeling if I met the author I might not like him much, but he definitely knows exactly what he's talking about. Not a light read, but absolutely...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, very tedious
Don't even bother with this book unless you've also read Jakob Nielsen's "Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity" -- his vastly superior work. It's not that the content of "Homepage Usability" is wrong. It's actually insightful analysis... repeated 50 times. The redundancy is the problem. I like Nielsen's work, and it's important to...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful but tough to finish, Oct. 29 2008
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Marc Poulin (Montreal, Quebec) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed (Paperback)
Beautiful book, almost suitable for coffee table. Looks great (quality paper, page layouts and screen images). The book is easy to use.

The first 53 pages provide invaluable insights to website homepage design. Then, 50 homepages are analysed based on guidelines provided in first part of the book. After 15 sites, the comments repeat themselves all too frequently and the book becomes boring. I would have prefered that the authors make a difference between serious deviances from their guidelines and simple nitpicking. Not all guidelines have the same value.

Nevertheless, a must read for any web professional designing homepages.
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1.0 out of 5 stars highly overrated, Feb. 23 2003
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Chen Sun "WebAndNet.com" (Houston, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed (Paperback)
I don't understand why anyone wants to bother with this book. After reviewing it for 1 hour or less, I sold it.
Most of what it says is obvious, and some of what it says is wrong. As for what are wrong--I recall it was suggesting that certain words be made more efficient (shorter). But the problem is that those words are the same words that the firm has spent millions of dollars to brand better with.
Also, I feel that it nearly disregards the strategic reasoning behind some of the website's design objectives.
If you've got the time to read this tedious, nit-picky text, you're better off spending the time to analyze a website yourself and make your own judgments.
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Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed by Marie Tahir (Paperback - Nov. 5 2001)
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