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Preaching to the converted,
By A Customer
This review is from: Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity (Paperback)
Regular readers of useit.com will find little new in this book; however, it is great to have all the salient points in a portable format. Nielsen is in his usual opinionated form - it's a pity he doesn't provide more references for his assertions, but having said that, we all know that most of his observations/recommendations are based on solid research. Nevertheless, it may still come across as curiously lightweight and "common sense" to those not converted to the cause of usability.
Some gripes: The awful "unusable" cover, with its irritating and pointless flap thingies - I'm going to cut mine off. No bibliography - in a printed title it's a bit of a cop out to refer solely to a web site.
Despite the criticisms, this is still an excellent book which should help internet/intranet designers critically evaluate their own and other's designs. Unfortunately, the people who most need to read it (ie techies) are probably the least likely to.
Looking forward to the next book.
Oh, PS Mr Nielsen, do please make useit.com more readable by doing away with the very bright yellow and by introducing white space on either side of the text - wall to wall text is so very tiresome to read.