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on April 5, 2010
Provides in depth coverage of how to organize and provide access to information for the Web. I like it because it gives you a comprehensive tour of all the major concepts, systems, and strategies used to organize information for your web site.

Because it covers a lot of ground, its not necessarily a how-to guide book, but rather is more of a deep introspective of what information architecture (IA) is, as an academic discipline. In that regard, it is quite insightful and offers many good resources of how the field evolved, and where its at today, and what role it plays in the ever changing business community.

If anything, as a result of reading this book, I found that I now have a deeper appreciation for what it takes to create a systems-wide approach towards the organization of information. In particular, an appreciation for what it takes to design information for users to help them find the information that they need.
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on August 4, 2010
Lots of good information in this book - it covers a huge amount of information related to Information Architecture (as you might expect). Very in-depth, and a great resource. I only give it three stars though because it isn't really a great read. I know, it's a book on IA, what do you expect, right? The book is college textbook size and written in that dry O'Reilly-book style that makes it something you just have to slog through. So maybe I have too high of expectations or too short of an attention span, but it was a big challenge for me to make it through this whole thing. Again, I'm glad I have it on my shelf for reference though.

The third edition keeps the book pretty up-to-date. Other than some random old school Netscape screenshots, all the content is totally applicable in today's world.
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on December 1, 2017
The book was just what I expected. Now, I just have to read it and digest it. But, how do you eat a polar bear...one bite at a time.
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on February 15, 2011
I am enrolled in a graduate program in the library and information sciences field. This was one of the required books for my web design class. Although I have only completely read nine chapters, the book is a VERY easy read. It breaks downs terminology into a language that a first time web site designer (such as myself) could understand. It has many examples in text and illustrations from real web sites. I highly recommend this book for first time web site designers.
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on March 16, 2016
Required for a graduate ncourse. Good book for introduction to the subject.
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on March 16, 2011
This book is full of a lot of very interesting stuff and contains a lot of reference to documentation.

The first part is for all users that want to know how to manage a site and what to analyze how a site must be composed, so is more or less something that every one must read at least one time in life.

The second part is more hard to read. It really teach you how the work of an Information Architect must be done, so is someway less interesting if you don't plan to do this in your life (even if is still full of interesting things).
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on January 14, 2015
I love this book and recommend it to anyone that works with the web be it designer, developer or UI | UX | IA.
This book taught me so much about how to think about the user's experience by how the information flows and how teams work
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on May 12, 2007
Very good book that has some really good sections on IA documentation, planning navigation, and good tools for putting things to gether. All chapters have plenty examples of web sites so you can visualize what is being taught. This book was used in an IA class I took recently.
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on October 2, 2008
I bought this book shortly before starting my new job as the webmaster for a division of the federal governement. It was invaluable to me in planning our current internet redesign project and helping to explain information architecture to non-web designers/developers. I highly recommend reading this book from cover to cover.
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on June 11, 2007
The topic of the Polar Bear is very defined and focused, and the book reflects this. It's a bit dry - reads much like stereo instructions - but for someone who is dedicated to exploring content and information architecture in depth, there's simply no better reference.

I wouldn't call this a good primer, but I'd definitely recommend it for more advanced reading, and definitely as a reference book.
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