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The Little iMac Book [Paperback]

Robin Williams
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6 Nov 1998 0201354217 978-0201354218 1

Apple's nifty new iMac is the hottest thing to hit computer stores in years. Who better to show new owners how to put this much-touted turquoise machine to work than Robin Williams, the award-winning author of over a dozen Mac books, including The Little Mac Book? With her friendly tone and easy-to-understand explanations, Robin's created an indispensable guide to using the iMac.

Beginners learn all the iMac basics, from starting up and shutting down to using the mouse to working with the desktop. Once they master these tasks, Robin introduces readers to the various applications that come with the iMac, including AppleWorks, Quicken 98, and more. And then she moves on to the Internet - the reason many new users bought their iMacs to begin with. Robin explains how to use the iMac to get on the Internet and the Web, and how to get around once you are there.

So grab yourself a copy of this book, sit down at your iMac, and let Robin Williams show you how to get up and running and productive on your iMac and have a good time doing it.



Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (6 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201354217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201354218
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,892,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The i in iMac stands for Internet, so it is fitting that The Little iMac Book divides its time between explaining the specifics of the Mac and the ways of the World Wide Web. The author explains larger concepts (such as the difference between analogue and digital) as well as practical Mac-user advice. (For example, get a surge protector to prevent your iMac from a lightning- storm zap.)

Robin Williams is an expert on and proponent of the Mac, and her enthusiasm bubbles over into her explanations. She encourages her readers to play with the applications, to make drawings on the screen, and not to be afraid "to make something dorky." Her tone is a good match to the philosophy espoused by Apple through the years: that the computer is a tool that should be accessible to all.

The book extends beyond just Internet exploration to show users how to set up a database and maximise the preinstalled applications, such as ClarisWorks and the Williams-Sonoma Cooking Guide. She does provide ample coverage for first experiences on the Web, from setting up an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to sending e-mail and using search engines. A strong beginner's primer, The Little iMac Book is as welcoming as the machine it's based on. --Jennifer Buckendorff, Amazon.com

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Apple's nifty new iMac is the hottest thing to hit computer stores in years. Who better to show new owners how to put this much-touted turquoise machine to work than Robin Williams, the award-winning author of over a dozen Mac books, including The Little Mac Book? With her friendly tone and easy-to-understand explanations, Robin's created an indispensable guide to using the iMac.

Beginners learn all the iMac basics, from starting up and shutting down to using the mouse to working with the desktop. Once they master these tasks, Robin introduces readers to the various applications that come with the iMac, including AppleWorks, Quicken 98, and more. And then she moves on to the Internet - the reason many new users bought their iMacs to begin with. Robin explains how to use the iMac to get on the Internet and the Web, and how to get around once you are there.

So grab yourself a copy of this book, sit down at your iMac, and let Robin Williams show you how to get up and running and productive on your iMac and have a good time doing it.


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5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book for every iMac purchaser 8 May 1999
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Format:Paperback
Robin Williams' books have won a score of industry awards, and reading this book will show you why. Robin writes "for the rest of us." Jargon is broken down so you and I can understand it.
I have been using, teaching and consulting on the Macintosh for more than 15 years. I was the editor of the well-known Mouse Droppings newsletter for seven years. When I recommend a desktop Mac, I recommend Robin's Little Mac book. When I recommend an iMac, I recommend this book. I always tell people they NEED this book.
Robin knows Macintosh computers better than almost anyone I know. In addition she is a superb writer who knows how to make her subject interesting.
Oh yes, and contrary to what another reviewer has said, when you use a Macintosh computer you are NOT typing. You are type setting. And yes, Robin is correct, you NEVER use two spaces at the end of each sentence. Using two spaces is the mark of a rank amateur. So take my advice, not that of someone who does not know about modern typography.
While you are at it, look up all of Robin's book titles and buy every single one which relates to something you do on a computer. You will never regret it!
Of course it is only fair that I reveal that, like any Macintosh user who has ever met Robin, I am in love with her. Read her book and you will fall in love, too. I have been writing professionally for 52 years. I wish I could write just like Robin. She is a hard act to follow.
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I love Macs. This is not the best book for beginners, since it jumps from moving the mouse to icons. Although it is very informative, I found that there is a lot more to the iMac then what she wrote. The computer has so many possibilities and the book is so small, page-wise. Also, the pictures and text are small and hard to read. Get this if you want, but the better, more fun and informative book is definitely The iMac for Dummies by David Pogue.
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I found this first edition to be good for a beginner. It truly is a hands on basic Imac information help getting started. However, as I have now been using my computer for several weeks now, I find I need a book that will give more information in the same style as the first edition. I wondered if Ms. Williams covered this in the new edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very user friendly book 9 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Almost like Mr. Pouge's "The iMac For Dummies", yet shorter and simpler to read. The book is not just for "dummies", but also for people who know how to work a computer. "The iMac For Dummies" is mainly for individuals who don't even know how to turn a computer on, and "The Little iMac Book" is for people that do, people who know a little more about computers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For computer beginners only 21 July 1999
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Format:Paperback
This book is WAY too basic for most computer users. I would even think it is too basic for computer beginners; eventually, you're no longer a beginner, and this book will have NOTHING for you.
But, if you know someone who's been living in a hole for the last twenty years and has never worked with ANY computer, it is a well-organized introduction to the iMac. And, it's not as gratingly nerdy as the "Dummies" books.
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Kudos, again, to Robin Williams! She has taken information that can be intimidating to intelligent computer novices and made it utterly accessible! The tone is warm and humorous. The layout masterfully draws the eye to the material. And the content is substantive. This is not a book for dummies. It's a book for intelligent novices who want to have a little fun along the way. If you want a big clunky four-door touring sedan, buy somebody else's book. If you want a two-seater convertible, get "The Little iMac Book!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best iMac book for new iMac owners! 5 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you're new to computers, like I am (and a rather large group of my friends), you'll love Robin's Little iMac Book for several reasons. It's small enough to get you started without being intimidating. When you need more information, her Little Mac Book fills in more information than you'll ever need. Her talent for teaching and presenting information in a manner that's enjoyable and understandable actually makes reading a computer book fun and productive. Robin's book tells me what I need to know without making me feel like a "dummy." I'm not interested in being a computer guru--I just want my Mac experience to be fun, educational and rewarding. And that's exactly what this book is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Williams for Queen! 6 April 1999
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Format:Paperback
I work with a Mac every day, using QuarkXpress. The iMac is my first real computer at home. I love it. And I love Robin Williams. She writes beautifully, clearly, humorously and sympathetically. I'd have liked a little more detail on the Appleworks facilities, but her introduction to them has whetted my appetite for further reading. Robin Williams for Queen!
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