Non-Fiction

Computing & Internet Books

  • DWEB
    Alannah Moore
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    Whether you're planning on starting a blog, need an online portfolio to showcase your work or are looking to start selling through a webstore, this book will help ensure it looks professional and works in the right way.

    Covering WordPress, Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, Shopify and more, the book shows how you don't have to spend a lot of money or learn code to create something special. Written by the expert Alannah Moore, the advice will help non-technical people make use of all the powerful tools that are available when it comes to creating websites.

    Breaking down each step, the guide will take you from planning your pages to making the most of social media and search engines. It also covers how to work with images and reveals how best to engage with your audience through personalised newsletters and making sure your site is a must-read!
  • CFRB
    Mike McGrath
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    Coding for Beginners in easy steps has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone, of any age, who wants to begin coding computer programs. You need have no previous knowledge of any computer programming language so it's ideal for the newcomer, including youngsters needing to learn programming basics for the school curriculum. Coding for Beginners in easy steps instructs you how to write code to create your own computer programs. It contains separate chapters demonstrating how to store information in data structures, how to control program flow using control structures, and how to create re-usable blocks of code in program functions. There are complete step-by-step example programs that demonstrate each aspect of coding, together with screenshots that illustrate the actual output when each program has been executed. Coding for Beginners in easy steps begins by explaining how to easily create a programming environment on your own computer, so you can quickly begin to create your own working programs by copying the book's examples. After demonstrating the essential building blocks of computer programming it describes how to code powerful algorithms and demonstrates how to code classes for Object Oriented Programming (OOP). The examples throughout this book feature the popular Python programming language but additionally the final chapter demonstrates a comparison example in the C, C++, and Java programming languages to give you a rounded view of computer coding. The code in the listed steps within the book is colour-coded to precisely match the default colour-coding of the Python IDLE editor, making it easier for beginners to grasp. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of coding and be able to write your own computer programs that can be run on any compatible computer. The Python 3.x language is under active development so frequent new releases are made available as small improvements are added to the language and Coding for Beginners in easy steps features the very latest versions of Python at the time of publication. Python development is one of evolution, rather than revolution, so the examples provided in this book can be used in subsequent releases. Simply download the latest version of Python then follow the easy steps. Contents: Getting started Saving data Performing operations Making lists Controlling blocks Creating functions Sorting algorithms Importing libraries Managing text Programming objects
  • ISME
    Richard Williams
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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.
  • ARTW
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    World of Warcraft is a computer game that revolutionised both the role-playing and online gaming genre. This book provides a celebration of the world of Azeroth and all its characters, weapons and environments.

    Fully illustrated with the game's iconic artwork, it contains interviews with key developers and tells the complete story of the game's evolution. It even contains previously unseen illustrations from the various expansions to the hame.

    From concept art to the finished pieces, this is the ultimate tribute to the epic gaming franchise.
  • LMRB
    Dale Shaw
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    Have you ever wondered what kind of questions history's greatest figures would type into search engines if they'd existed during their time?

    This lively and hilarious book looks at the kind of things Charles Dickens would research while writing his latest novel ('things urchins say'), how Henry VIII would look up relationship advice ('breaking bad news to women from Cleeves') and Karl Marx would build up his knowledge ('cheating at Monopoly').

    With some naughty humour and strong language, this is a great gift book for any history buff and will inspire you to ponder what other questions historical figures would ask... You can't fail to laugh out loud.
  • SCFM
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    The StarCraft saga has been one of the most successful computer games of all time and this combat handbook (presented in the style of a field manual) celebrates the impact and legacy of the iconic military, strategy and sci-fi adventure.

    The game follows Sarah Kerrigan and Jim Raynor as they find themselves in the midst of a terrifying battle between the scrappy Terrans, mystifying Protoss and terrifying Zerg swarm. This book draws on over a decade's worth of lore to create an all-encompassing collector's book that fills in every detail of the game's technology, races and units.

    A definitive field guide, it features original illustrations and an engaging narrative that provides an in-depth overview of the franchise. Presented in keepsake hardback, it's a thrilling gift for any fan.
  • HLMY
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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.
  • RASP
    Mike McGrath
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    The Raspberry Pi is a cheap, basic, programmable credit-card sized computer that plugs into a TV and a keyboard.

    This step-by-step book shows people of all ages how they can use it to learn how to program.
  • AUWPC
    Andy Rathbone
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    Get productive with Windows 10 Windows 10 For Dummies is the all-time bestselling computer how-to book and it's been fully updated for the enhancements coming with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update! Free of confusing jargon and packed with lots of helpful step-by-step explanations, it quickly gets you started with exploring the Start menu, storing files on the Cloud, creating desktop shortcuts, connecting to a printer, using Windows social apps, organizing digital photos, interpreting error messages, and so much more. Windows 10 keeps your PC or tablet running, organizes your files, and provides a platform to run your important applications. In short, it's the brain and heart of your computer. The simple steps and friendly advice inside help you manage files and applications, connect to the Internet, customize your Windows experience, and make repairs when things go haywire. * Fast answers to Windows 10 questions * Steps for customizing your Windows 10 PC * Tips for solving common Windows problems * Covers using Windows 10 on a tablet If you're new to Windows or upgrading to its new operating system, grab this book to get to know Windows 10 a little better.
  • ALVVG
    Guy Kawasaki
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    From Guy Kawasaki, the bestselling author of The Art of the Start and Enchantment, The Art of Social Media is a no-nonsense guide to becoming a social media superstar. By now it's clear that whether you're promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what will determine your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you. But there's no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, facebooking, tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with his Canva colleague Peg Fitzpatrick to offer The Art of Social Media - the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money. With more than 100 practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a ground-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social-media platforms. They guide you through the steps of building your foundation, amassing your digital assets, going to market, optimizing your profile, attracting more followers, and effectively integrating social media and blogging. For beginners overwhelmed by too many choices, as well as seasoned professionals eager to improve their game, The Art of Social Media is full of tactics that have been proven to work in the real world. Or as Guy puts it, "Great Stuff, No Fluff." Guy Kawasaki, who helped make Macintosh a household name, now runs Garage Technology Ventures, a venture-capital firm. He has held his workshop, "Boot Camp for Start-ups," around the world. Kawasaki is the author of seven previous books, including Art of the Start, Enchantment and Rules for Revolutionaries.
  • BEDNW
    Sherry Turkle
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    Consider Facebook- it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together , MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for- and sacrificing- in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.
  • AGDUB
    Andrew Blum
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    "Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet" by Andrew Blum is..."Utterly engrossing. The year's most original and stimulating 'travel' book. Even the most geek-wary of readers will enjoy". ("Independent"). "Entertaining and illuminating. Excels at rooting the Internet in real-world locations. Full of memorable images that make its complex architecture easier to comprehend". ("Observer"). The Internet. Home to the most important and intimate aspects of our lives. Our careers, our relationships, our selves, all of them are out there - online. So...where is that exactly? And who's in charge again? And what if it breaks? In "Tubes", Andrew Blum takes us on a gripping backstage tour of the real but hidden world of the Internet, introducing us to the remarkable clan of insiders and eccentrics who own, design and run it everyday. He uncovers the secret data warehouses where our online selves are stored, peels back the wires that transport us across the globe, reveals its mammoth hubs and surprising alley-ways, explaining what the Internet actually is, where it is, how it got there - and, yes, what happens when it breaks. "An engaging reminder that, cyber-Utopianism aside, the Internet is as much a thing of flesh and steel as any industrial-age lumber mill or factory. An excellent introduction to the nuts and bolts of how exactly it all works and a timely antidote to oft-repeated abstractions about "cyberspace" or "cloud computing"". ("Economist"). "Makes hard-to-grasp concepts easy to understand, even obvious. The history, in particular, is one of the best and most memorable I have ever read". ("New Scientist"). "A Quixotic and winning book with a knack for bundling packets of data into memorable observations. This valuable book leaves you with its share of unsettling visions, but there are comic ones too". ("The New York Times"). "For a full understanding of the Internet on every level, this book is a must-read". (Techzone). "A great, playful, wondrous read". (ArsTechnica). "Blum is perhaps the millennial generation's John McPhee, chronicling an arcane journey of deep relevance to everyday life. For non-techies, the book is a very accessible revelation". ("Forbes"). "All too awesome to behold. Andrew Blum's fascinating book demystifies the earthly geography of this most ethereal terra incognita". (Joshua Foer, author of "Moonwalking with Einstein"). "Compelling and profound. You will never open an e-mail in quite the same way again". (Tom Vanderbilt, author of "Traffic"). "One of our best writers. A compelling story of an altogether new realm where the virtual world meets the physical". (Paul Goldberger, "New Yorker"). "The Internet really IS a series of tubes! Who knew?" (David Pogue, The "New York Times"). Andrew Blum writes about architecture, infrastructure and technology for many publications, including the "New Yorker", "The New York Times", "Bloomberg Businessweek", "Slate" and "Popular Science". He is a correspondent for Wired, a contributing editor to "Metropolis" and lives in his hometown of New York City.
  • AMDBP
    Roger Laing
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    Microsoft Excel is an incredible application, feature-rich and easy to use if you know how. It can help with the simplest of jobs, from shopping lists to presentation of data, to more complex formulas and sorting tasks. Everyone in business, or indeed, in almost any job, needs to know how to use this fundamental modern tool, so this handy little book provides information on all the basic capabilities. Featuring step-by-step guides and clear, accessible text, the beginner will learn everything they need to know and may discover some unexpected invaluable functions as a bonus.
  • AFTFA
    Zoe Griffin
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    The Sunday Mirror's former showbiz gossip columnist, Zoe Griffin, explains how she did just that in this original and informative book, Get Rich Blogging. Her own blog, Live Like A VIP, now generates a six-figure income, and she spends her life partying and writing about it. What's stopping you from doing the same? There is no technical knowledge required: all you need is this book, a laptop and an internet connection, and you could be blogging your way to wealth and happiness. With tips from the authors of the world's most respected and financially successful blogs on fashion, music, film, men's lifestyle and women's lifestyle, this book explains how anyone can start up a blogging business from scratch. Contributors include Perez Hilton, The Clothes Whisperer, The Fashion Editor at Large, Mumsnet, Tech Week, Music News and Mr Porter. You'll learn how to create appealing content, choose a web host, spread the word on social media, attract advertisers and pitch to magazines and newspapers...and have fun along the way.
  • BAPXH
    Andrew Keen
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    In this sharp and witty book, long-time Silicon Valley observer and author Andrew Keen argues that, on balance, the Internet has had a disastrous impact on all our lives. By tracing the history of the Internet, from its founding in the 1960s to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1989, through the waves of start-ups and the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity, Keen shows how the Web has had a deeply negative effect on our culture, economy and society. Informed by Keen's own research and interviews, as well as the work of other writers, reporters and academics, The Internet is Not the Answer is an urgent investigation into the tech world - from the threat to privacy posed by social media and online surveillance by government agencies, to the impact of the Internet on unemployment and economic inequality. Keen concludes by outlining the changes that he believes must be made, before it's too late. If we do nothing, he warns, this new technology and the companies that control it will continue to impoverish us all.
  • AYRIJ
    Mark Mayne
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    Need help to generate traffic for your website or blog? This new guide is easy enough to get you started, but comprehensive enough to give you a deeper understanding of Search Engine Optimisation. It covers creative, marketing and technical considerations to help you improve rankings, drive traffic, and increase visibility in search engines. There are a great many elements to SEO, from the words on your page, the meta-data that sits behind it, and the way other sites link to each other on the web. This new book will help you structure your site in a way that both search engines, and your online readers will understand, quickly and easily.
  • ARJKQ 8 years +
    8 years +
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    This book looks at the basics of computer safety. It emphasises that once a computer is online, the user is open to dangers of various kinds, so there is a need to keep information private and use secure passwords. It defines digital footprints and online identity, and explains how to tell if a website is safe to visit. It also explains about computer etiquette and cyber bullying. The concepts are illustrated with case studies and examples of searches, and there are do's and don'ts and fact boxes to illustrate the topics covered.
  • BCXXD
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    This training guide has been written specifically for the BCS ITQ level 1 unit Improving Productivity using IT, which requires you to create IT solutions to simple problems and be able to identify the most suitable computer software to complete a task. Each exercise in this guide has been designed to gradually build up your knowledge using a simple, user friendly, step-by-step approach.
  • BCHBM
    Mark Mayne
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    Google apps are an amazing set of online tools for word processing, spreadsheets, email, storage and more, accessible online, on mobile and across multiple locations. Learn how to make the best of this cloud-based offer, with its deep integrations with the world's most popular search engine, Google (!), Youtube and Google Plus. Most of us are used to using our desktop or laptop applications so the idea of working online, on any computer, or device, without being tied to a particular machine seems rather mind-bending. In fact, once you understand the structure and the logic of it you'll see that Google Apps release your thinking and allow you to focus on your work, or project more effectively than ever. The Everyday Guides, Made Easy series are plain speaking books covering a wide ranging of application and device technologies, designed to ease the challenges of the world around us.
  • AZFWV
    Adam Crute
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    Coding HTML CSS JAVA is a great practical guide to the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript coding. It will help with starting small and medium HTML and CSS projects, such as customising your blog or making your own website, and give practical examples of techniques that will aid you. Additionally you will be taken through the steps of adding images and video to your website, along with a troubleshooting guide for any problems that crop up. This book also covers JavaScript, which is vital if you want your website to do more than simply display information, such as membership login or feedback forms. JavaScript will enable you to generally provide more dynamic interaction with the user. Of course, you can use web editors and pre-written programs to do the job for you, but by learning some key coding skills, you will find you can create websites that truly have the edge on your competitors. Coding HTML CSS JAVA covers all the fundamental elements of the languages and how and where to use them. With easy-to-follow information, screenshots and helpful step-by-steps, this guide will take your web design to a new level!
  • AVBPV
    Martin Bailey
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    Does it sometimes seem that everyone else is doing 'smarter' things on their smartphones than you? Do you feel you're not taking full advantage of some of the amazing technology available today, or perhaps just don't know that it even exists? Martin Bailey's latest book aims to solve life's little problems, one gadget at a time. Including hardware tech, PC/Mac software and mobile apps, it's laid out in an easy-to-read, concise format with each item covering two pages. It's written in plain English too, with illustrations and links to where you can find out more information. Covering over 100 gadgets, whether you're looking to improve your golf game, fix your PC and fill it with free software, measure a room using your phone or even alter your state of mind without drink or drugs, The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos & Apps has something for everyone.
  • AXETE
    Rob Hawkins, (Mo
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    Microsoft Word is an incredible application, feature-rich and easy to use if you know how. It can help with the simplest of jobs, from letters and essays to more complex documents using calculations or images, such as expenses claims and posters. You can even create a web page and make PDFs. Everyone, at home or in almost any job, needs to know how to use this fundamental modern tool, so this timely new book provides information on all the basic capabilities and gives guidance on some of the more advanced techniques. Covering most versions of the software, it features step-by-step guides and clear, accessible text, accompanied by helpful screenshots. This 2017 edition is updated to include Word 2016.
  • ANCZI
    Richard Williams
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    Social Media Marketing is a great guide to the relatively new way of marketing through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Written in a clear and accessible way it starts by covering everything from the basics of social media sites, and what each of them are useful for when thinking about your marketing strategy. You'll learn how to make the most of these sites from step-by-step guides and clear and practical text to create a great strategy suited to your needs.
  • ARMRS
    Subrata Dasgupta
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    Over the past sixty years, the spectacular growth of the technologies associated with the computer is visible for all to see and experience. Yet, the science underpinning this technology is less visible and little understood outside the professional computer science community. As a scientific discipline, computer science stands alongside the likes of molecular biology and cognitive science as one of the most significant new sciences of the post Second World War era. In this Very Short Introduction, Subrata Dasgupta sheds light on these lesser known areas and considers the conceptual basis of computer science. Discussing algorithms, programming, and sequential and parallel processing, he considers emerging modern ideas such as biological computing and cognitive modelling, challenging the idea of computer science as a science of the artificial. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.