From Library Journal
Cruising is written as a survey of resources available from CompuServe, America Online, and Prodigy; a single chapter treats the Internet. This nod to the Internet is an appendage to a broader discussion of commercial online information, covering 17 chapters and four appendixes. The opening half of this book is in two sections; the first introduces the reader to the "electronic community" while the second treats digital communications. The latter half of Cruising is about information, from shopping and entertainment to finance and reference. Of course, this sort of description is not as detailed as books specifically devoted to the trio, and the result is sometimes confusing. Is this example a CompuServe feature or a Prodigy one? Nevertheless, with careful reading, you will be able to evaluate commercial online services and make an educated decision. Best of all, the book provides the means of free, albeit brief, experiments on the three services. Cruising excels in this manner as a companion to your explorations of CompuServe, America Online, and Prodigy.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
More than four million Americans use the popular consumer online services America Online, Prodigy, and CompuServe. Magid helps to choose such a service and navigate within it. He describes E-mail and bulletin boards as well as services for special age groups, such as seniors and teens. He then gives an overview of what is available on each service on popular topics such as travel, games, health, investment data, and reference. Sample screens are helpful in envisioning a search, and money-saving hints are scattered throughout. Appendixes list index terms used on the three services. Sandy Whiteley