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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Why this book works

Five things strike me after reading this book and using it as a resource each and every day for the past month.
One. It is like one long, enjoyable, rewarding conversation with a colleague, or maybe a mentor, who is blessed with a really terrific mix of experience, intelligence, humor, and humility. He really understands bookselling, and he articulates what "Amazon.com" is all about and how we independent sellers fit into the larger picture better than anyone I have ever encountered in person or in print.
Two. He presents some very specific and original ideas that can be worth thousands of dollars to a bookseller when it comes to finding and selecting inventory. (A previous reviewer who said there was no new information in this book either did not read it or is not a bookseller, or both, in my opinion.)
Three. The book is a terrific ongoing reference that I expect to consult and annotate on a daily basis for years.
Four. Anyone who is going to prosper as a bookseller also has to be a good businessperson, and this book includes some well organized worksheets that got right to the heart of business and tax planning for booksellers.
Five. This is not a book about selling widgets or wombats or bobble-head dolls. Windwalker loves books and bookselling and that reverence and love comes though in every chapter. The book does honor to what he calls the "noble profession" of bookselling, and that frankly makes it nice, maybe even empowering reading.
I think, personally, that one of our own has written a classic bibliophile's and bookseller's book that will really help, over many years, to improve the quality of book life for online book buyers and sellers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robot Building for Beginners
Publisher: Apress
Authors: David Cook
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing and Easy

This book is fantastic. I knew very little about robots and electronics and how to go about building one. The step by step process makes the learning fun and safe.
However, to make the learning smoother, you may wish to skim the book looking for the listings of parts required and get them in one or two trips. Otherwise you are sitting around at 9 o'clock at night, without the required materials for the experiments in the next chapter.
Also, be prepared to spend more than the book says if your Canadian (and I am not referring to exchange rates).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle Certified Professional Application Developer Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Authors: Jason Couchman, Jason Couchman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Developer/2000 book with "meat"--at last!

I've been looking for a long time for a book that covers Developer/2000 really well, with detailed content and plenty of examples. Finally, one has come out. I got this book and can't believe how much information it covers--and really teaches, not just talks about. Way to go, Oracle Press!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: Deke Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I'm not sure if I can add much to the positive reviews so far. This is an excellent text - do yourself a favor and read all the reviews.
For me, I really appreciated the sidebars and "Pearls of Wisdom" scattered throughout the text. In these, the author gives quick insights like; why one tool works better than another or a keystroke reminder or a technical definition.
This book does much more than just tell you how to do something, it also explains why your image changes when using the various tools. In other words, it goes beyond just getting you from A to B. There are a million different ways to get from A to B in Photoshop, so it's nice to learn a few new ones to add to my current Photoshop knowledge.
I use Photoshop basically for two things. Fixing up photos I've taken with my digital camera or scanned in from the family archives and creating images for my personal web site. I found the chapters about highlights, midtones, and shadows and color correction invaluable, especially when trying to fix up some old color pictures of the family from '70s. =)
Excellent book, visually pleasing, highly recommend.