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chapter 1 IS important (buy this book before you buy lightroom),
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This is a very good book but but you MUST buy it before you buy lightroom. Chapter one can save you hours of grief if you read it before you start using Lightroom! How you set up your library(s) is very important and the suggestions and strategies will save much swearing (and time) later!
Note the introduction to each chapter is an "off the wall" counter point and a muse on almost anything but the the subject at hand... if you watch the associated on line video(s) for the book it explain that this is the comfort/cofffe/smoke break he has on his courses. There are several videos and example pictures on his web site (password is in the book) that help bring the book alive
Also I agree with the author you should read this book in chapter order from end to end I would also suggest with a couple of memory cards of pictures and try out the ideas. Then use Lightroom on your main collection....
The only other comment is the chatty style is the same as his video style go to the web site and see what his videos are like. if you like the style buy the book (then lightroom) otherwise the style will drive you nuts. I like it.
If you already have lightroom the book is still very good though you may want to re-rig your entire library after reading it :( You can also dip into it chapter by chapter after you have read it from end to end and it works but don't do it the other way around.