This is a SharePoint guide for the non-techie, someone who wants to put SharePoint to use but finds it less than intuitive.
It leads you step by step through setting up a a SharePoint site and adding blogs, Wikis discussions, workflows etc. It explains the security model and also discuses integration with Office.
The book is well structured and the instructions are easy to follow. These are detailed, click here then click here etc, with each step explained, very good for the SharePoint newbie (like me).
All in all a good SharePoint 'how to' what it doesn't really address though is the why you would use SharePoint. Nor does it really tackle how to solve the various non-technical barriers to succeeding with collaborative working.
on 19 April 2010
If you are user looking for a reference book on sharepoint, this one is pretty good. For example, if you have questions like "Can I save a document directly to sharepoint rather than uploading an existing locally stored copy" then you will find such answers in this book. Of course, you need to know what questions to ask. In other words, you probably need a bit of expereince using sharepoint before you will get a lot of value from this book. However, I think that is simply down to the nature of Sharepoint as opposed to any failing on the part of the book. It would be hard for any book to describe sharepoint in an intuitive way because the application is itself not exactly intuitive.