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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 300 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (E) (April 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470139110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470139110
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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From the Back Cover

If you're on a budget (and who isn't, these days) it's hard to beat free office productivity tools. They're online, which saves time when you need to share and collaborate on projects. And everything you need to know to get started using these eight great programs is right in these pages. There's a section devoted to each application, so finding and using the information is easy.

Create documents, crunch numbers, e-mail with Gmail, build Web sites, share photos, track calendars, and more — without that hefty price tag. Feel the power.

  • Create and edit documents with Google Docs
  • Use all the features of Google Spreadsheets and collaborate with others
  • Build professional-looking Web sites with Google Page Creator and publish them for free
  • Keep track of your life with Google Calendar
  • Take notes while you're online and share them using Google Notebook
  • Communicate using voice, chat, or e-mail—all with Google Talk
  • Discover why Gmail may be the best e-mail program available
  • Upload your digital photos to Picasa, organize and share them, and even post some to your blog

Companion Web site: Visit to find additional tips, tricks, and updated information about Google productivity tools, as well as possible opportunities to participate in beta testing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jerri L. Ledford is a freelance business technology writer whose work has appeared in Information Security Magazine, IT Manager's Journal, Network World, CRM Magazine, and many other publications. She is the coauthor of Google Analytics, also from Wiley. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Seltz on October 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was looking for something that would serve as a good introduction to the array of Google applications, and this book is well-suited to that task.

What you'll get:

* A good introduction to 12 or 13 of the newer Google applications. Ledford spends a little more time on the applications that are likely to be more popular (mail, docs, spreadsheets) and a little less time on some of the others (Picassa, chat, etc.). Overall, I thought the focus was just about right.

* Ledford explains the basics of each application. He offers some tips and tricks to using each application. He breaks the discussion up around different features, where appropriate (e.g., Google mail vs. the calendaring function within GMail). Along the way, readers will learn why a particular app might be more or less useful to them than competing applications (e.g., Google spreadsheets vs. Microsoft Excel). Ledford points out the most significant advantages AND drawbacks of each Google App, which is quite helpful.

* For my purposes, I was interested in evaluating the whole Google suite of applications so that I could consider whether to move my organization away from Microsoft's Office suite and toward online applications. This book is a great first-effort in helping assemble that sort of information. Undoubtedly, much more will be written about Google's suite of applications. As one of the first (if not the first) to undertake this endeavor, however, Ledford does a commendable job.

What you won't get:

* Extensive details on any one application. For example, if you want to become a GMail power user, then this book is not for you. Consider this a very basic introduction to the variety of Google applications.
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More About the Author

Jerri Ledford has been a freelance business technology writer for nearly 20 years. During that time, over 1,000 of her articles, profiles, news stories and reports have appeared online and in print. Her publishing credits include: Intelligent Enterprise, Network World, Information Security Magazine, DCM Magazine, CRM Magazine, IT Manager's Journal.

Jerri also develops and teaches technology training courses for both consumer and business users. She's developed and taught courses on security, customer service, career skills, and technology for companies such as: Franklin Covey, IBT Financial, Writer's Village University, Beacon Hill Financial Services, Hewlett Packard, and CNET. She is the author of 18 non-fiction books, and her first fiction book, "Biloxi Sunrise" is scheduled to be released in eBook format in October 2011.

In her off-time Jerri divides her time between Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee where she enjoys the beach, hiking, reading, and traveling whenever possible. It's Jerri's goal to visit a new place every opportunity she gets.

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