I'm using this book with my weekly guitar lessons and I'm greatly pleased. I've played many instruments over the years, mostly jazz saxophone, but my longing for the guitar is now coming true. I've heard people complain about the non-spiral format and when I received this book I understood their frustration. I took the book to a book binder and within 15 minutes, $2.63 later my book has a lovely spiral binding. My teacher took his in after seeing mine and has passed this tip along to his studio.