This book promises to teach you how to *use* Ubuntu. Instead it includes a history of Ubuntu, a detailed discussion of the corporate structure of Canonical and the Ubuntu community, and a bit of Mark Shuttleworth's story. While I found the stories interesting it had nothing to do with what was promised from the author's nor did it help me to improve my ability to utilize Ubuntu.
The information that does exist on installing and using Ubuntu includes statements of the obvious, circular definitions, and off-topic ramblings. The chapter on installing Ubuntu wastes page after page telling you exactly what you can already see on the screen, and includes screen shots. It tells you what anyone who has used any computer already knows, e.g., what a username is, how to pick a password, how to pick a "fun" computer name.
The explanation of the graphical file manager is nauseating in its statement of the obvious. It provides a list of definitions for the different folders such as (paraphrased) "Documents: this folder contains documents you create; Downloads: this folder contains items you download; Music: this folder contains music files; Pictures: this folder contains picture files."
The "tutorials" on common software are nothing more than a list of steps for each program approximating: 1. open the program; 2. create a new document; 3. draw/write something on the screen; 4. save the file.
The chapter on Ubuntu Server is completely out of place for a book intended for beginners wishing to get started using Ubuntu. The chapter on Kubuntu is mostly redundant as they cover everything Kubuntu shares with Ubuntu and spend very little time on the differences.
Overall, this book is a waste. I learned much more from "Ubuntu for Non-Geeks" by Rickford Grant. I also purchased the voluminous "Ubuntu Unleashed" whose author is also one of the authors for the book under review. I hope it is not as big of a disappointment as "The Official Ubuntu Book 6e".
I had been using ubuntu for a few months and thought getting this book would help fill in the gaps. I was left disappointed. It's GREAT for someone who is just installing the operating system for the very first time. But, if you've been using it for a few months, look onto other books.
Any title that says "official..." whatever in the computer field should be both informative and exhaustive in it's scope. Not here. This is newbie 101 stuff. A waste of money for anyone who has spent more than a couple of months behind a keyboard.