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Getting Started with Open Office .org 3: OpenOffice.org 3.0 Paperback – January 2, 2010
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My only knock on the book is that it is skimpy. The writers try to cover an awful lot of material and in so doing, they don't go into a huge amount of detail on any one thing. That means that they make assumptions about how much a reader already knows. For an experienced user, the book can be quite helpful, for a beginner just starting out on office suites, probably less so.
One problem the book doesn't address is the variation in terminology from suite to suite. For example in MS Office reader remarks are called "comments" whereas in Open Office, they are called "notes". Not knowing what something is called can make it hard to look up. Still, with the manual and some experimentation you should be up and running fairly quickly.
This book partly fulfills this need. I keep it on my desk beside my PC for reference. As the easiest intro to OO3, it is quite helpful. However, I have to say this is no "made-simple/for-dummies" book and is still pretty arcane going for a none too technical guy like me.
I would like more simplicity and a far-better index. I get bogged down with all the ifs:ands:buts of what this book presents. RSVP in newer editions of this book, OO????
--Vernon Lynn Stephens