- Series: Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 2 edition (October 24, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672338394
- ISBN-13: 978-0672338397
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Michael Miller has written more than 150 nonfiction books over the past two decades. His best-selling titles include Sams Teach Yourself Spotify in 10 Minutes, Computer Basics: Absolute Beginner’s Guide, and Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource.
Mr. Miller has established a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers. For more information about Mr. Miller and his writing, visit his website at www.molehillgroup.com or follow him on Twitter @molehillgroup.
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Top customer reviews
For several years I have had a Gmail account as a back-up and recently I began using it as my primary one. I wanted the book to introduced me to the full functionality of Gmail and show me how to use unfamiliar features. After reading all but three chapters, I have starred about 40 places where I learned something new and useful. There are at least 100 sets of step-by-step instructions on how to do various things, and all but a few worked on my first reading and try--a higher batting average than I have had with most other computer guides over the years.
Why buy a printed guide when Google and many others have Gmail guidance all over the web? There are several reasons if you value your time and sanity. The content on the web from various sources overlaps considerably, uses somewhat different terminology, and is usually undated and often partly outdated. There is no efficient index to it--a Google search for "Gmail guidance" estimates 19,000,000 pages. And unless you have a large computer display, it is easier to look at a book as you follow the instructions than to switch between two tabs.
While I gave the book 5 stars, because it is one of the best of the many computer guides I have used over the years, it does have a few shortcomings. The "in 10 Minutes" is correct for the time needed to read each chapter, but not for trying out all the instructions and observing carefully the displayed results. Twenty minutes per chapter is a better estimate. I found Chapter 10 somewhat confusing and apparently incomplete, although that could be due to my misreading. Still, for 10 bucks and six hours of time, I learned lots that will be useful in my 200-300 hours of annual email use.