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ISBN-13: 978-0767917063 ISBN-10: 0767917065 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Made Simple
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 3 edition (May 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767917065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767917063
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DAVID A. FLANNERY is the director of the business and accouting programs at Bryant & Stratton College. He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and two children.

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I used this book to help me get ready to take an accounting class in college.
Learning stuff
Both the teenager and I are very pleased with the logical and simple to understand explanations of bookkeeping.
M. W. Technologies
Where there should be a + sign there is a number 1, and where there should be an = sign there if a number 5.
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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Eric Dobson on May 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I looked long and hard for a book to teach me the basics of bookkeeping. The author's premise is that even if you're going to use computer software to do your bookkeeping, you should at least know how it's done manually, and I completely agree. This book gets straight to the point, teaching all the essentials in a clear and concise manner. I have no background in accounting, and have previously found it very difficult to understand the concept of debits and credits. For some reason everything clicked as I worked through this book. This is not for accountants or MBAs, it's for the person who wants to learn basic bookkeeping principles, enduring as little pain as possible in the process.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Technologies on June 26, 2006
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This book was puchased to teach a teenager the basic principles of bookkeeping prior to learning a computerized bookkeeping system. I have been "keeping the books" for businesses for 30+ years and feel it is important to know what the computer is doing behind the scenes. This book will help you to understand that. Both the teenager and I are very pleased with the logical and simple to understand explanations of bookkeeping. We especially like the worksheets which accompany the lessons. These give the student a feeling of accomplishment and help to reinforce the lessons.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jazzie on December 1, 2005
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When I read this book, I found it was so easy to understand. It is written very well and has many illustrations to give you a good visual. The book makes you understand the concept in a simple way. Some of the accounting text books that are out there have so much information it intimidates first time accounting students. Thank you David Flannery for making accounting a little easier to grasp!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Learning stuff on June 8, 2006
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I was a little intimidated by the topic. I used this book to help me get ready to take an accounting class in college. Wow! It really helped me. I took a accounting class in high school but did not do very good. I used this book and started to understand it. I could answer my professors questions in class. I got an A for the class! This book also showed me how to set up a excel spreadsheet which helped with my computer class. Cool book!

John
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jessica E. Armstrong on January 26, 2007
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This books title reveals exactly what it says- Bookkeeping Made Simple. I understand accounting principles more easily now than I did during my unedgraduate degree, which I majored in International Business Administration-Accounting. I sit with my 4 year old daughter and she can comprehend the terms and principles throughout the book. I think I just created another generation of CPA's because of this book. He has great examples and nothing is confusing. If you purchase this book, read it cover to cover and then attend an accounting meeting you will know exactly what they are discussing. You will also know if your bookkeeper actually knows bookkeeping or has been leading you on. This book has definitely assisted me with becoming a more proficent bookkeeper!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill P. on July 16, 2010
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I bought this book because of the reviews. I was also baffled by the 'balance' sheet that doesn't balance on page 14. (See review by 'adm')

More explanations are needed for some items, like 'sundry' accounts. They are introduced in chapter 5 on page 33, but only a brief explanation is given several pages later (page 36) that says basically: 'Sundry accounts are used to record infrequent or unusual transactions'. BUT in figure 5.1 on page 33, the items posted in the sundry account include: 'phone co., internet, and electricity' NONE of which seem infrequent or unusual. No explanation.

Also: after going to such length to make sure we know that 'debits go on the left, and credits on the right', there is no explanation why some special accounts put them backwards (credits on the left, debits on the right) but others do not. (See examples 5.2, 5.6, 5.9, 5.10 all in chapter 5)

On page 27, the author says we need to be 'perfect' when we practice his lessons, ('perfect practice makes perfect') yet his lessons are not perfect. If I were to write a book on this subject, I would edit it extremely carefully. Typos would be understandable in any work, but these are big mistakes.

The book is still pretty good so far, because I've already learned more than I did in a whole semester of high school accounting.

I'm only up to chapter 5, so I may be adding to this review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ACNY on February 24, 2013
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It's unprecedented to have this many typos in an accounting/number related educational book. The irony! It was pointed out in another review (which I wished I had read prior to buying) that the book was published with numbers where symbols should be, defeating the entire purpose of clear explanations. Unbelievable. Is the publisher even aware? The poor people that get this book and are trying to understand something as DRY as bookkeeping and might believe for a minute (or more) that "A 5 E" vs Assets = Equities.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Palin on November 14, 2008
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I reviewed several basic bookkeeping and accounting books for teaching a recent course to small business owners. I selected this book because it is overall, straight forward and easy to understand. The exercises at the end of the chapters proved helpful to students. Recommend this for beginners.
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