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Google for Seniors: Get Acquainted with Free Google Applications: Google Earth, Maps, Reader, Docs, Sites, Chrome (Computer Books for Seniors series) Paperback – April 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Computer Books for Seniors series
  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Visual Steps Publishing; Pap/Psc edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9059052366
  • ISBN-13: 978-9059052369
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Studio Visual Steps is a team of experienced professionals dedicated to producing useful and informative technology titles.

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Studio Visual Steps is the publisher of the well-known computer books for Seniors and is dedicated to help individuals over the age of 50 participate in the latest technology regarding software and the use of the Internet. The Studio Visual Steps team of authors is comprised of a variety of professionals, all thoroughly experienced in their own subject field. We publish books about Windows 8, 7, Vista and the Mac as well as books about the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire HDX, Google Nexus Tablet, photo and video editing, Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

All of the Visual Steps books follow the same methodology, known as the Visual Steps Method. This method distinguishes itself in a number of ways from traditional instructional methods. Attention is made to the special needs and requirements of the mature individual.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Stromberg on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I do NOT recommend reading this book. It has numerous faults, including: font size in screen images is too small, and the screen images have poor contrast. The page design includes extraneous graphics. For example, when we are to type something in a field, the book provides a callout to the word "Type" plus an image of a keyboard. When we are to click on something, the book gives us an image of a mouse. The keyboard and mouse images are visual clutter.

The book is sometimes wrong. On p. 21 it says to click the Back arrow to open the first hit in a Google search. Nope!

The book ssys nothing about sponsored links. Instead, the first hit is described as "the most important" (p. 21 top).

The book starts out assuming that Internet Explorer is your web browser. Later it introduces Chrome.

There are signs of a lack of careful editing. For example, sentences and ideas are sometimes in an illogical order. For example, the first paragraph at the top of p. 271 is: "The first time you open Picasa, the program will search your computer for images. On your desktop you will see a new shortcut to Picasa. Click the icon to open the program." Wait. First I find Picasa's desktop icon (in the book the picture of this icon is blurry with a medium gray background and looks nothing like Picasa's bright, attractive desktop icon). Then I double-click the icon. Then Picasa offers two options for searching the computer for images.

On the plus side, the "Please Note" box at the bottom of page 271 is well-written and gives good guidance. This and a few other useful bits of information earned this book 2 stars instead of 1.
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By jenny wren on June 18, 2014
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First of all, I should have read the description more carefully. This is NOT for you if you own a Google Chromebook. It is only for Windows OS. It was also written in 2010, which makes it rather old for this type of text. I did read through several chapters anyway, thinking I might give it to a family member. I found the illustrations just "okay", not very clear. It is also quite tedious in some descriptions.
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Is not a beginners book for people looking to use Google Chrome. Covers Google apps but not the basics of using Chrome. I will give it to Goodwill as someone looking for a guide to the apps, which I never use, may find it usefull.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SarahD. on December 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
A great book that does exactly what it says: visually teaches seniors to use GOogle and connect them to the information network that is the internet. Looks specifically designed to welcome newcomers into this world, by easing them into this technology with a familiar medium. Recommended for seniors or as a self-teching tool.
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