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CD and DVD Recording For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) Paperback – December 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 078-5555102835 ISBN-10: 0764516272 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764516272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764516276
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,829,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Covers popular recording software for both PCs and Macs

Get the scoop on selecting and installing the right recorder

The fun and easy way(TM) to create your own high-quality CDs and DVDs Confused by CD-RW, DVD-RAM, and the rest of the recordable disc alphabet soup? Relax! With this book at your side, you'll find the right recorder for your needs, get up to speed on popular recording software (like Easy CD Creator, Toast, and iDVD), and start creating high-quality MP3, photo, and multimedia discs - complete with menus and labels. For more plain-English advice, see:

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About the Author

Mark L. Chambers has been an author, technical writer, and consultant for more than 15 years. His books include Building a PC For Dummies, Scanners For Dummies, and HP Recordable CD Handbook.

Customer Reviews

Does this book have technichal support and cover ALL good CD/DVD Recording programs?
CaspersSVT
I don't and the book doesn't really go into detail about how to use the information with any other software.
Gingersnaps
It's "worth less than nothing" because it costs time and postage to return the book.
Frank Dutton

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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By CaspersSVT on November 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book does tell you how to record CD/DVD's and whatnot, for Easy CD Creator? That is a HORRIBLE progam for recording CD/DVD's you CANNOT even bypass the Copyright movies (To back up your PURCHASED movies that you already own). Just SIMPLY download, SOME are even FreeWare (Meaning that the program WILL cost you nothing, but I suggest buying a GOOD CD/DVD Recording program, like Nero they are ALWAYS supplied with the User Manuals if you need help. So WHY pay for this book.
Save the money and just BUY a good CD/DVD recording software program. In my opinion, Nero's actually the ONLY CD/DVD Recording program worth the money (MSRP $70.00) AND it comes WITH a User Manual AND Technical Support; Beside the fact that you can make movies, back-up, anything! Does this book have technichal support and cover ALL good CD/DVD Recording programs?
Like I said I bought this book, and like a lot of reviews here I found it to be pointless. It was just easier to Purchase a progam but..well it's up to you. Hope I was able to help.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Frank Dutton on November 11, 2003
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For anyone who has any basic familiarity with using a computer (viz. using EXPLORE to navigate the file system and some program to defragment the drive and determining how much disk space you have available) this book is useless. It really doesn't present anything other than designing a disc label that you won't get with the instruction manuals with the hardware/software you buy for burning a CD or DVD. It's "worth less than nothing" because it costs time and postage to return the book. But, I'd say it's better than "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating CDs and DVDs".
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tony Hargood on December 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
First off this book is NOT a guide to pirating. If you need to learn how to copy DVD movies look elsewhere, but the book does show you how to rip songs from a music CD.
With that understood, this book explained a lot I did not understand before. Ever wonder what settings you need to burn one type of CD or another? Apple owners will like that the author crosses platforms here and writes about Toast as well. I really liked the chapter on adding HTML menus to a CD or DVD to make it easier to use, since I've never seen this info in any other recording guide.
Although you learn Easy CD 5, it's not much different from the new version and I think this Dummies book is still a good pick. I recommend it all the time to friends who are just learning how to burn their first music CDS.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "marybill12" on June 13, 2002
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This book covers it all for both Mac and PC (I have one at home and the other at work). You learn about audio CD recording - video - data and how to design & print labels and case covers. I still have yet to build my own menu for a CD that I've burned but the author covers that too. A great book that you'll refer to again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John R. Surber on August 13, 2008
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For someone who is a real novice I suspect that there is a lack of basic information to get that person started. For someone who is a step above a novice the book (latest edition) is already badly out of date and still doesn't cover popular software written years before the publication data (e.g., Pinnacle Clean). It does not cover any of the problems one encounters with music recording. It simply tells you how to transfer files from your computer to a CD or DVD and because that is simply a matter of clicking on buttons for software included on most computers it doesn't help.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2006
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I am not a beginner, yet the new CD and DVD Recording issues have become part of my world. I am thrilled with the opportunities it presents to Dummies like me. So when selecting something easy, I thought the Dummy books were right up my alley. I was right. This book talks in a down to earth style that doesn't intimidate me. It makes me think I'm not such a dummy after all. Now when I purchase DVD Plus and Minus R and RW I have a better idea what to buy.
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By Dennis S. Johnson on October 31, 2013
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When it comes to CD and DVD recordings I’m one of the original dummies, so I really sought this book out. Although the book dates from 2002, ancient history in computer years, with a revision in 2004, I felt the basic information about CD and DVD recording hadn’t changed much, which is why I bought a used copy. I’ve often wondered how CDs and DVDs differed, how they were created, and how they played back. I also wondered about the different versions of blank CDs and DVDs I saw in the electronics sections of stores. What the heck was the difference between a DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM? When would I use which? This book answered that question and many more I had. It also gave me more information about CD and DVD recording than I needed or ever will use. Unfortunately, the main problem with any computer book this old is that it references software that is no longer relevant or even available, so most of that information is useless. Even so, I found about 1/3rd of the information in the book helpful and, considering this is just about the only book available on the subject, well worth buying.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alisha E. Smith on September 16, 2005
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I purchased the book in order to help with a presentation I was doing to my not so computer literate co-workers. I found the book helpful in assisting me to put certain focal items in lay person's terms, and some additional information to help keep my presentation interesting. I am glad I purchased it. Warning, if you are a computer guru, stay clear, not for the advanced at heart.
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Mark L. Chambers is an author, tech editor, and unabashed Mac fan. He is the author of more than 30 computer books including Mac OS X Leopard All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies and AppleTV For Dummies.

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