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Excellent, easy to read and videos are short and easy to follow (yes, you can watch them if you buy Kindle edition)
on 28 October 2011
I have the Kindle edition and would read it on the commute to work. It is easy to read and well laid out.
A few comments on what OneNote does. In simple terms it is an electronic notebook. In other words, instead of taking notes on paper, you take it on your computer. Some of the benefits are that you can always create more space (insert rows, move things around, etc), put your notes into sections, use the search engine to find items, etc. For example, you may have 5 different conference calls in a day and you can immediately categorize the five calls into different sections and simply add to those sections the next time you have a call on that topic. You can also create tags to follow up on items and add to your current notes. Naturally, this applies to course work if you are studying. Outside of work, you can use it to prepare for a holiday. You can just copy things from a website and OneNote will keep the link. Examples, are hotels, restaurants, sites to see and flights. You can bring it all into one place and simply add each day. You would then have everything in one spot for when you wanted to plan / make final decisions regarding your trip. Finally, it links in with Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, etc so that you can bring those items into OneNote.
You do get access to the videos even if you buy the Kindle edition. I state this because I read a U.S. comment that complained that one could not get access to the videos if one did not have the paper edition. The Kindle does not come with a code but you go to the site and you only need to enter the ISDN code which you can find in the book description on the Amazon page where you buy it (i.e. where you are reading my review). I found the videos really easy to watch and quite helpful. On average, I would say they are 4 to 8 minutes long. You see his screen and he just clicks on the buttons and explains what he is doing. The videos are all indexed so you can choose which ones you want watch. In fact, you may find the videos enough and not even bother reading the book.
I read this book before ever using OneNote and the book has introduced me to a great piece of software that, to be honest, I had never even heard of (I am heavy user of Outlook, Excel and Word). I consider that this is a good investment if anybody wants to move to an electronic notebook. The benefits are primarily the ability to keep everything in one spot, move things around and search quickly for items. My work is project based and I work on a lot of different projects. OneNote allows one to easily keep notes for each project and then search them later. This is a great plus when compared to old paper notebooks that are heavy to carry around and one cannot easily find things. If you like writing notes, then you may consider an electronic pen that would transfer your hand written notes to OneNote and you could then categorize them in OneNote.