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Product: Book -
Title: eBay Secrets : How to create Internet auction listings that make 30% more money while selling every item you list
Authors: Steven Ellis White, Bryon Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
These Secrets Really Do Work!!

I downloaded this book, and installed it on my Palm m130. It works just fine. Also, I've tried some of these secrets, and looked at other ebay auctions. I have repeatedly recieved more money for my auctions, than the same items being auctioned on ebay in other auctions. If you want to get the most out of your ebay sales, this is the book to buy!!! The author has really done his research.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Extremely useful book

Anyone planning to build or upgrade their PC really should read this.
Even if you’ve built several PC’s (as I have) you’ll find lots of useful information. If you’re new to building a PC this book is an absolute must read!
Mr. Thompson knows his stuff but, more importantly, knows how to convey that knowledge.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The definitive guide for beginning to learn Java

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn Java. Bruce is one of the best technical writers to emerge on the scene in a while. In addition to providing great source code examples of Java, he also lays the groundwork for discussions on Design Patterns and more advanced Java topics such as RMI, JNDI, and threads. The Core Java series by Horstmann and Cornell is also a must read, but I think Bruce gets the nod if you have several years of coding/design/development experience and want to make the leap into OO and Java.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
More a Tool than a Book

Rarely do I deface a book by underlining phrases and scribbling comments in the margins. When I do it means that this is a no longer just a reference book but a working tool, a work which will always sit within arms reach of the keyboard.
I squirmed when reading this. Perhaps it was that I successfully convinced others to implement frames on a site or that users who come from search engines deep into one of my sites are in grave danger of getting lost. This book exposes your mistakes. It does this with great clarity of writing and ample use of screen shots.
However I found some things annoying:
* The author repeats himself. In later chapters when we should be building on the early arguments we get a regurgitation of earlier advice and the book runs out of steam. Perhaps this repitition is deemed necessary for people who are delving straight into particularly chapters. * While there is a chapter specifically called International Use the author at times uses very US specific imagery. Should we in Australia be expected to know of Tom Brokaw (p149)? Also the stats on web connections speeds and their future projections seemed to be for the US only - although this is not specifically stated. * Almost the whole of the discussion about usability is limited to HTML and Cascading Style Sheets. I would have appreciated consideration of Javascripts as well as Flash - which is completely ignored.