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Second Life® For Dummies® [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Robbins , Mark Bell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

You’ve heard all about Second Life. Maybe you’vealready jumped with both feet—and gotten stuck. Or maybeyou’re a Second Life veteran who wants to build something orrun a business. Fear not! Second Life For Dummies is hear tohold your hand, pat your back, and cheer you on through this newand enchanting reality.

Written by a pair of Second Life old timers, this easy-to-use,flip-and-find guide is packed with expert advice, seasoned insight,and handy tips and tricks to get you moving fast. You’ll findout how to set up your account, create an avatar, meet people andsocialize, and find your comfort zone and stay in it. Butit’s a big world out there, so you’ll also learn how tomake stuff, buy stuff, do stuff, and keep track of all the stuffyou’re accumulating. Discover how to

  • Install Second Life get started
  • Create and customize your avatar
  • Meet and get to know fascinating people
  • Stay safe and comfortable as you learn and explore
  • Make, wear, and sell your own fashions
  • Script your Second Life
  • Buy land and build a house
  • Become a land baron or a money maker
  • Make real money in Second Life
  • Get a real-life education—even a degree

Complete with fantastic lists of cool places, answers to bigquestions, and supplemental software, Second Life ForDummies is your ticket to a great virtual adventure.

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From the Back Cover

Create the world in which you want to live!

Make friends, start a business and create amazing products - on your terms!

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the online world that is Second Life, Second Life For Dummies is the book for you! Written by a pair of experts who know the program inside and out, this book offers the scoop on getting around and making friends as well as how to personalize your avatar or even open a Second Life business.

Discover how to:

  • Set up a Second Life account

  • Customize your avatar

  • Chat with other residents

  • Start your own business

  • Make real money

  • Expand your education

About the Author

Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins is the Director of Emerging Technologies for Media Sauce ( in Carmel, Indiana, as well as a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric at Ball State University, where she teaches Rhetoric and Composition by using Second Life. She currently spends her time blogging at and researching technology trends for education and marketing. She’s frequently on the go, giving talks all over the country about Second Life and Web 2.0 topics.
Sarah is the proud mother of five-year-old triplets (Morrigan, Teagan, and Xander), who recognize her avatar as “Mommy!” When she’s not hanging with the munchkins, she’s reading a few hundred blogs daily, attending seminars, knitting, and collecting socks. And yes, she does have pink hair in real life, too!

Mark Bell is a Ph.D. student in Telecommunications at Indiana University, where he studies social networks in virtual worlds with the Synthetic Worlds Initiative. Before going back to school, Mark spent 14 years in the software industry as a trainer, a documentation specialist, and an all-about super geek. He is a Canadian transplant in Hoosier Land and gets back across the border north (where they understand “real sports”) as often as he can. Mark is the father of Jackson, who is five. Mark blogs at
In their “free” time, Mark and Sarah run the Second Life Researcher’s List (SLRL), throw parties for their starving grad student friends, and play Wii games with four five-year-olds.

Product Details

  • File Size: 23562 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 15, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000WJVKK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Started in Second Life August 14, 2009
I am preparing to build an island for my job and needed something that goes from basic to intermediate. More than anything I needed information on building.

This book walks you through several logical chapters of starting and advancing in Second Life. It teaches much about culture which is more important than one may think, how to build an avatar, where go to, how to shop, and how to build, among many other topics. The authors write at a level anyone can appreciate and the illustrations are very helpful.

Since this is a 2007 book (which would mean written in 2006?), there are a few nuances with some of the illustrations and instructions as things have changed a little in Second Life. The menu options and some of the commands are what I am referring to. Yet, the book is still up-to-date enough to be on target.

As mentioned, I am primarily interested at this point in building. There are basically one and one half chapters on building structures. The first chapter gives a great description of the building tools, but only a basic idea of "how" to use them. I did read and design at the same time which worked well. Anyone in second life can search for a "free sandbox" location and practice there. I personally use EdTech island, which is a place for academics. And, there are many sandboxes from which to choose.

In my opinion, the building section needs much more attention. One thing they could include is where to find textures (like brick, lodge pole, stucco, etc.) for buildings. This is quite important information since making building blocks into a structure is only one part of the puzzle. And, there are other considerations like trees, rivers, furniture, lighting, and other objects.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have got to have this! February 14, 2008
whether you're a newbie, a long term resident, or thinking about getting a Second Life, this is the most contemporary and lucid guide to the essentials of a good life in SL. An easy, fun read that will enhance your journey into virtual environments. Perfect for educators like me as well, who are interested in teaching and learning using Second Life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help!! April 30, 2008
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Second Life for Dummies was more than I expected!!...It means a great help for all those who begin in this fantastic world, and for those people who already belong to the Residents. Also has an excellent paperback and pages quality.Beautiful colours and easy graphics to understand step by step, all the procedures (even the more difficults)to explore this infinite World....To all the Fans.....Don t miss it!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little outdated, but still useful September 8, 2009
It's a great book and there's lots of things in it that haven't changed, however its a tad outdated in terms of, say, Advanced Options and the locations of a lot of these things, which is why i couldn't honestly give it a 5-star rating, however it's easy enough to figure out. The book is well worth the purchase if you're first starting out and want to get answers to many common questions and some advanced ones as well. It's broken up (as most For Dummies books are) into easy-to-navigate sections for quick answers, or you can read it all the way through to find answers to some questions you never even knew you had, like I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product March 22, 2009
This the perfect product for the Second Life Beginner. Breaks it down so anyone can understand it. A must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SL Introduction December 3, 2010
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This book is a great introduction to Second Life for those who are brand new to the virtual world. The directions are very easy to follow and the work is presented in an user friendly format. It would not be recommended for those already familiar with Second Life and who are looking for being able to do more advanced capabilities like that required for educators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised June 19, 2013
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Book was used and came from a library but surprisingly in near perfect condition. Must have for tackling Second Life.
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Mark Bell is a technical book author, media researcher and PhD candidate. Before returning to school, Mark worked for 15 years in the software industry as a technical writer, trainer, and developer. He started his first web design company in 1993 and has been making pages and managing websites ever since. He is the father of Jackson, 6, and the husband of Dr. Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins. He can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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