Consumer Guides

  • ISME
    Richard Williams
    • £3.99
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    We rely so heavily on the internet for communication, information, entertainment, business and personal finance that we forget that we take a risk when we enter this digital realm.

    A whole host of dangers lurk beneath the surface, from viruses and malware to hacking and identity theft, not to mention the threat to you and your children's reputation and personal safety, which can be compromised when interacting with others online.

    This book takes the reader through what to look out for and avoid, strong passwords, virus checkers and firewalls, other software solutions, how to let your kids surf safely, recovering lost data and keeping safe on smartphones, tablets and laptops as well as PCs.
  • SR0021
    Chris Sidwells
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    Beginner and experienced cyclists will love this go-to manual for all kinds of bike repairs. It's free from jargon and will help steer you through a complete maintenance programme.

    From simple, minor repairs to more challenging tasks like tuning your suspension, this handily sized book will help you learn how to repair your bike's brakes, gears and hubs.

    With easy, photographic tutorials, there are also chapters dedicated to using GPS gadgets and plenty of quick tips to keep you safe on the road.
  • HDRV
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    Who better to provide ultimate driving advice than The Stig? In How to Drive, Ben Collins, BBC Top Gear's former in-house speed demon and stunt driver for the likes of James Bond and Batman (not a bad CV!), provides drivers with all of the need-to-know information they didn't learn to pass their driving test.

    Honing his skills in just about every class of driving imaginable - from Formula 3 to Le Mans 24 and American stock car racing - this highly entertaining book reveals all on how to make you a better, safer and more economical driver, making day-to-day driving a lot more of an enjoyable experience.

    Packed with illustrations, gobsmacking anecdotes and track-honed advice from controlling a skid to smooth-like-butter gear changes, How to Drive is a funny, witty and wise book for anyone who wants (or needs) to become a better driver.
  • HLMY
    • £9.99
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    Ever since Halo: Combat Evolved was released on the XBox in 2001, the shoot-em up has gone from strength to strength and is surely one of the most iconic and influential computer games of all time.

    Fully endorsed by 343 Studios and full of eye-catching artwork, this stunning gift book is the comprehensive and authoritative guide to the Halo universe and it covers the entire canon, including games, books, comics, film and television.

    It contains the timeline of the Halo universe and charts humanity's battles against the alien forces of the Covenant, Forerunners and the Flood.
  • SLPU
    Sarah Whitehead
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    Providing a dog's-eye-view of its first year of life, this book ties in with Channel 5's hit show The Secret Life of Puppies and is sure to delight any dog lover.

    Presented in landscape format, it is a very visual account of what puppies get up to as they learn and develop. This book also provides key information on the developmental ages of a puppy, breaking them into the key components of health, training and behaviour.

    There are also troubleshooting solutions to common problems and expert advice on everything from neutering your dog to the best food for them and the most effective ways of treating fleas and bites.
  • AG1058
    Pete Brown
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    A connoisseur of beer, Pete Brown has visited hundreds of pubs across the UK and and in this book he reveals his favourites.

    From country inns to craft beer bars and the traditional local, he showcases those pubs that simply ooze atmosphere and charm - whether it's for their food, people, architecture, location or decor.

    From grand Victorian palaces to oh-so-cool gastropubs, Pete also gives credit to some of the truly eccentric pubs - the ones that have outside toilets, limp sandwiches and disturbing decor that just add to the atmosphere.

    With 300 pubs featured, 50 of which have full features, the book focuses on each one's local history and provides pen portraits of punters, publicans, legends, yarns and myths.
  • MVMK
    Dan Farrell & Donna Bamford
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    Aspiring Spielbergs have never had it better. With smartphones and tablets getting ever more powerful, movie making is more accessible than ever before.

    The Movie Making Book will teach you all the skills you need to get started in film-making and is bursting with mini projects and enjoyable games.

    It also has advanced projects so that you can put all your skills to the test and advice on the best ways to share your creations online so that they will get the most views.
  • CGTD
    Adam Juniper
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    The Complete Guide to Drones shows you everything there is to know about drones, multicopters and UAVs (all terms associated with these increasingly common aerial vehicles!).

    Written in jargon-free English, the book will show you how they work, how you can fly them, how to choose the right one and how to take amazing photos and videos using drones from above. There are also clear illustrations and brand new photography to give even more insight.

    There is even a step-by-step project to help you build your very own modestly priced drone. Great as a first step into the world of drones, this a fun, educational project. The legal issues surrounding drones are also covered in detail.
    Judith Miller
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    Whether you are buying at auction, flea market or antique shop this is the book you need to identify and date what you find. More than 6,000 marks are organized for quick, at-a-glance reference with full-colour sections on silver, Sheffield plate, bronze figures, ceramics, glass, costume jewellery, toys and dolls.
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    Milan is one of the fastest moving and fashion forward cities in the world. Here, trend is everything and only the present and future seem to count. What's hip in Milan influences boardrooms, runways, and commerce all over the world. But you needn't shop like a Hilton girl to find extraordinary and unexpected treasures in this urban hive of high style. Secreted away are many special, intriguing, and ultra-cool shops that even most Milan hipsters have never heard of. This guide will lead you right to their doorsteps, and remind you what makes this ancient city so thrillingly modern. Far from the mainstream Via Montenapoleone, discover the historical neighbourhood of Isola, brimming with contemporary designers, artists, and artisans. Or visit the traditional farmer's markets near Porta Garibaldi, purchase a newly crafted harpsichord that's an exact replica of a 1600s original, and shop for botanicals in an urban Garden of Eden. Experience the true spirit of Milan, a city of endless contrasts and creativity - and host of Expo 2015.
    Kirstin von Glasow
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    Statistics show that 80% of Londoners drink coffee every day and that 800,000 Brits visit a coffee shop at least 4 times a week. Featuring London's most interesting and unusual coffee shops from neighbourhood cafes to third-wave espresso bars, this book shows you how you can get your espresso fix in a gentlemen's toilet; sip a cappuccino in a cafe-cum-upholstery shop; scoop up a vintage Hermes scarf while you wait for your macchiato. London's new and adventurous coffee culture is full of exotic surprises and unexpected entertainments. Coffee enthusiasts in search of the best brew in town are being spoiled by baristas who have turned coffee-making into an art form; many cafes today roast their own beans, combine coffee with art, music, and literature, sell equipment for home brewing, or can be found in unusual locations such as lavatories and barber shops. This modern guidebook takes you on a caffeinated journey to the capital's hippest, tastiest, and most unusual coffee shops.
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    NYC Simply the most diverse place on the planet! Its kaleidoscope of cultures brings passion and brilliance to the marketplace. This insider's guide to a world of special shops seeks out the quirky, outlandish, classy, obscure, historic, nearly forgotten, beautiful - from offbeat and edgy to deluxe and delicious. Potions and pinball and pickles, kilims and knishes and kids haircuts, rugs and rugelach and rubber stamps, neon art and naughty lingerie, chopsticks and cookbooks, vases and vintage clothes, tattoos and terrariums, peanut butter and porcelain, crystals and custom shoes, matzohs and magic. For the curious and adventurous this is a discovery tour full of surprises and delights. It explores the reinvented hip neighbourhoods: Soho, Meatpacking District, Dumbo, Williamsburg. And the traditional: Lower East Side, Little Italy, Harlem, Greenwich Village. This city is known the world over as a shopper's paradise. And this book brings it all to life 111 of the most irresistible shops in New York City!
    J. Dennis Thomas
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    Everything you need to know to take amazing photographs using your new DSLR The Nikon D5300 Digital Field Guide is filled with everything you need to know to take fantastic photos with your new Nikon. In full color, this portable guide covers all of the essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon D5300, using step-by-step instructions and providing full-color images of each menu screen. Nikon users will love this comprehensive field guide-it's just the right size to fit into a camera bag, so you'll be able to take it wherever your photography adventures take you. The guide goes beyond camera settings, offering you a refresher course in digital photography principles, and covering the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure. This perfectly sized field guide features: Compact size, allowing photographers to carry it wherever they go Professional advice on everything from composing a variety of shots to choosing lenses Colorful example images, along with detailed instructions on how to get the most from each of the camera's features A bonus gray and color checker card that allows new DSLR owners to capture perfect color in any environment Filled with amazing examples, this handy guide offers a variety of tips and tricks. You'll learn how to capture portraits, take character-filled candid shots, frame sports action, document travel, work with macro photography, and much more!
    Matthew MacDonald
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    Whether you're a budding blogger or seasoned Web designer, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites, once you know how to tap its impressive features. The latest edition of this jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress 3.9's themes, widgets, plug-ins, and souped-up editing and multimedia tools to build just about any kind of site. The important stuff you need to know: Create your site. Get hands-on, A-to-Z instructions for building all types of websites, from classy blogs to professional-looking ecommerce sites. Add features. Choose from thousands of widgets and plug-ins to enhance your site's ease of use, looks, and performance. Mix in multimedia. Add picture galleries, slideshows, video clips, music players, and podcasts to your pages. Attract an audience. Create automatic content feeds, sign up site subscribers, and help readers share your posts on social media. Fine-tune your content. Analyze site statistics to improve your content and reach, and to optimize your site for search engines. Go Mobile. Choose a theme that automatically reconfigures your site for mobile devices. Build a truly unique site. Learn how to customize WordPress themes to create a site that looks exactly the way you want it to.
    James Stables
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    Using Your iPad Basics is the essential guide to the iPad for those who want to get to grips with how to make the most of the tablet. Written in a clear and accessible way, it covers everything from the basics of downloading an app to getting the most out of the great features. With tips and tricks from experts you will learn all the inside information that will help you on your way to getting the very most out of your iPad.
    J. Dennis Thomas
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    Everything you need to know to take full advantage of your Nikon D7100 As a well-rounded, feature-rich dSLR, the new Nikon D7100 is a compact lightweight camera that is loaded with sophisticated features. This full-color guide is packed with expert advice that will both educate and inspire you to take amazing photographs with your Nikon D7100. Filled with stunning images by author and photographer J. Dennis Thomas, this guide goes beyond the owner's manual to offer you helpful tips, tricks, and techniques for using the camera's many features and explains when and how to use each function. Features a handy trim size so the book can go where you go, allowing you to frequently refer to the professional-level techniques for capturing memorable photos and handling tricky situations Includes full-color images of each menu screen to reinforce your understanding Contains a grey and color checker card to help you capture perfect white balance and color in any environment Shares helpful examples that offer advice on taking portraits, candids, sports, travel, macro photography, and much more Nikon D7100 Digital Field Guide is the perfect portable companion to your new Nikon D7100!
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    Do you want to get maximum value and enjoyment out of your caravan? The open road, the freedom to leave on a whim, the comfort and convenience of a mobile home from home...A caravan makes a fantastic investment if you're looking for flexible, economical holidays. 'Make the Most of Your Caravan' will show you how to get maximum value and enjoyment out of yours. Offering practical advice on all aspects of caravanning, from the initial purchase to basic maintenance, towing and driving to camping and holidaying abroad, this is a uniquely comprehensive manual for every caravan owner, setting you up for some great tips. "I heartily recommend it to all caravannists whether you've been 'vanning for years or whether you are a new boy" Jeremy Clarkson, The Sun "a really useful book which, although aimed principally at novices, will appeal to caravanners with all levels of experience" Caravan Club Magazine
    Pete Davies
    • £22.00
    • RRP £35.00
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    Now in paperback! The Lambretta Bible is the in-depth guide to the world's finest scooter, from the Model A to the GP 200. The Lambretta story doesn't end there though, with the focus moving on to machines prepared and built by Lambretta Concessionaires. The book ends with a look at the main British dealer specials of the 1960s.
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    Exclusively from McGraw-Hill Professional and InfoComm International, the leading audio visual association, this official exam guide covers the latest CTS Certified Technology Specialist exam for AV professionals.CTS Certified Technology Specialist Exam Guide, Second Edition offers complete coverage of the InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) designation--the leading internationally recognized audio visual (AV) certification. The CTS credential is based on InfoComm's performance standards for the AV industry and is vendor neutral. This official guide covers all of the exam objectives and features objective callouts at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, and practice questions with in-depth answer explanations. Electronic content includes one all-new official practice exam and an Adobe Digital Editions eBook Contains a revised four-color insert Covers all topics in the 2013 exam update, including increased IT security, networking, and business content Ideal as both an exam guide and an on-the-job referenceComplete coverage of all exam topics: Site survey; Gathering customer information; Evaluating and recommending changes to a site environment; Developing a functional AV scope; Designing, providing, and selling AV solutions; Conducting a vendor selection process; Marketing AV technologies; Operating AV solutions; Conducting maintenance activities; Managing AV business operations; Managing AV projects and personnel; Conducting estimating, purchasing, and job costing activities; Troubleshooting and repairing AV solutions
    Martin Evening
    • £35.09
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    Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by Photoshop hall-of-famer and acclaimed digital imaging professional Martin Evening has been revamped to include detailed instruction for all of the updates to Photoshop CC on Adobe's Creative Cloud, including significant new features, such as Select and Mask editing, Facial Liquify adjustments and Guided Upright corrections in Camera Raw. This guide covers all the tools and techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know when using Photoshop, from workflow guidance to core skills to advanced techniques for professional results. Using clear, succinct instruction and real world examples, this guide is the essential reference for Photoshop users. The accompanying website has been updated with new sample images, tutorial videos, and bonus chapters.
    Susan Ruddick Bloom
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    If you already know your way around Photoshop and Painter and want to use these amazing programs to take your skills further, this book is for you! Much more than a simple "how-to" guide, Susan Ruddick Bloom takes you on a full-fledged journey of the imagination and shows you how to create incredible works of fine art. Supplemented by the work of 20+ world renowned artists in addition to Sue's own masterpieces, you'll learn how to create watercolors, black and white pencil sketches, texture collages, stunning realistic and fantastical collages, and so much more, all from your original photographs. If you are eager to dive into the world of digital art but need a refresher on the basics, flip to Sue's essential techniques chapter to brush up on your Photoshop and Painter skills, and you'll be on your way in no time. Whether you're a novice or an established digital artist, you'll find more creative ideas in this book than you could ever imagine. Fully updated for new versions of Painter and Photoshop and including brand new work from contemporary artists, Digital Collage and Painting provides all the inspiration you need to bring your artistic vision to light.
    Martin Evening
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    With the new edition of this proven bestseller, Photoshop users can master the power of Photoshop CS5 with internationally renowned photographer and Photoshop hall-of-famer Martin Evening by their side. In this acclaimed reference work, Martin covers everything from the core aspects of working in Photoshop to advanced techniques for professional results. Subjects covered include organizing a digital workflow, improving creativity, output, automating Photoshop, and using Camera RAW. The style of the book is extremely clear, with real examples, diagrams, illustrations, and step-by-step explanations supporting the text throughout. This is, quite simply, the essential reference for photographers of all levels using Photoshop. All DVD content is now available online at for kindle and eBook readers.
    Jay Dickman
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    Master the art of digital photography "Jay Dickman and Jay Kinghorn again have brought an insightful book on digital photography based on creating your best digital photographs, regardless of the rapid changes in the digital technology...From cover to cover, this book is filled with priceless information on how to get the great photos, and how to make sure they are your best." --John Knaur, Senior Marketing Manager, Digital SLR, Olympus Imaging America In this completely updated, full-color work, a Pulitzer Prize-winning National Geographic photographer and an Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert guide you through the entire photographic process, from composition to printing and archiving. The expert techniques inside this masterful guide help you greatly improve both the quality of your photographs and your proficiency in the digital darkroom. Perfect Digital Photography, Second Edition covers the latest technologies, including digital SLR cameras, Adobe Photoshop CS4, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and offers tips for developing an efficient workflow. Stunning color photographs throughout the book show you the results that you too can achieve.
    Frank Zammetti
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    The Palm Pre is the hottest new device on the block. It's the cell phone-nay, personal digital everything-that all the cool kids want to get their hands on...but no one wants to use it more than developers! The Palm Pre is more than just a way-cool device, though: it is built on Palm's webOS, an operating system that changes the game for developers. Building on standards-based web technologies, webOS allows us to create applications more quickly and easily than any other platform out there using the same technologies we know and love already. It turns out to be quite fun, too! In this book, you'll learn all about the Palm Pre and webOS, their capabilities, and how to develop for them. You'll learn to write applications that function entirely on the Pre itself, and you'll also learn to write applications that "live in the cloud" (i.e., keep you connected to the digital world around you). You'll spend most of your time looking at Mojo, the framework API through which your code interfaces with the operating system. All of this will be presented within the context of six fully functional real-world applications that you can use on your own Pre! Once you're done, you'll be ready to write your own webOS applications for the Pre, get them into the app catalog (the online store where Pre applications are made available to Pre owners), and make tons of cash. * Learn to program the Palm Pre by sticking to JavaScript. * Write useful apps as well as games. * Become productive using Mojo and upload new applications within a day.