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Product Details

  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology; 1 edition (July 8 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1285161769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1285161761
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.6 x 2.3 cm
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1. Digital Literacy: Introducing a World of Technology. 2. The Internet: Accessing, Searching, Sharing, and Communicating. 3. Computers and Mobile Devices: Evaluating the Possibilities. 4. Programs and Apps: Using Software at Work, School, and Home. 5. Digital Safety and Security: Identifying Threats, Issues, and Defenses. 6. Inside Computers and Mobile Devices: Exploring the Components. 7. Input and Output: Examining Popular Devices. 8. Digital Storage: Preserving on Media and on the Cloud. 9. Operating Systems: Managing, Coordinating, and Monitoring Resources. 10. Communications and Networks: Sending and Receiving Digital Content. 11. Information and Data Management: Organizing, Verifying, Maintaining, and Accessing. 12. Information Systems and Program Development: Designing and Building Solutions. Appendix - Acronym Reference. Index.

About the Author

Misty E. Vermaat has more than 25 years of experience in the field of computer and information technology. In addition to consulting in the field, she was an Associate Professor at Purdue University Calumet, teaching or developing Microsoft Office, computer concepts, database management, systems analysis and design, and programming courses. Since 1990, Ms. Vermaat has led the development of the Shelly Cashman Series and has written or co-authored numerous Series textbooks, including many editions of DISCOVERING COMPUTERS, DISCOVERING COMPUTERS FUNDAMENTALS, and Microsoft Word books.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b77072c) out of 5 stars 58 reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b240fb4) out of 5 stars What a joke Oct. 2 2013
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DO NOT BUY THE BOOK!!! Just buy the coursemate/cengage study guide. It's much cheaper than the book and it's all you need. The fact they don't include that stuff in the price of a $150-$180 book is insane. What a money grab.

Buy what you need to get an A for less than 10% of this book and don't get robbed like I did.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b283360) out of 5 stars Complete Garbage Jan. 12 2014
By Piper - Published on Amazon.com
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I have never read a textbook worse than this one. I am currently enrolled in a basic computing course titled "Intro to Business Computing". Its a pre-req for many other courses, and granted its a "basic" course the text book they picked (above) is the worst I have even had to force myself to sit through. It is basic but it goes beyond basic, Its insulting to anyone, that is even if you aren't computer literate...

I don't EVER write reviews, this book is so bad in my opinion, I will go out of my way to 1-star this and hope the editor/publisher goes out of business. misty e. vermaat should be ashamed of putting such nonsense out into the mainstream. I don't know how on earth this book was ever selected to be my courses textbook....
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b2e6504) out of 5 stars Disapointment Sept. 19 2013
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I was very disappointed, particularly with "Beyond the Book". I expected much more than I received for the price of the book!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b6dd330) out of 5 stars A Captain Obvious Textbook Sept. 7 2014
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This book may be good for someone who has never used a computer and may not know the very basics of any computer or digital device. (I think it could be written by Capt. Obvious) I rented the book for the semester. If it was something I wanted for future reference, I might have bought it, but it sadly is not. Some of the questions I was tested on are not even in the book. I had to go online and do a Google search for the answers. A very dull read, and torturous to slog through.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b2e75c4) out of 5 stars Sad excuse March 14 2014
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The most unorganized textbook I've ever had to read in my life. Each chapter covers too many random topics and the following chapters repeat the SAME topics over again. Its not even a brief review; they are introducing the same topics as if it was new and fascinating information. And like Piper said, its insulting to anyone, even if you're computer illiterate.

Unfortunately, this was a required text for class so for everyone else who has to use this, good luck..