- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: QUE (14 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789753499
- ISBN-13: 978-0789753496
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,65,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Samsung Galaxy S5 (My...Series) Paperback – 14 Jul 2014
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About the Author
Steve Schwartz got an early start as a computer industry writer and author. Immediately after buying an Apple II+ in 1978, he began writing regularly for the computer magazines of the day. Since then, he has written hundreds of articles for major publications, including Macworld, PC World, InfoWorld, and Computerworld. He is also the author of more than 60 books on technology, game, and computer topics, including guides to business/productivity software (Microsoft Office, Access, and FileMaker Pro), Internet software (Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Entourage, and Gmail), and graphics/image-editing software (Picasa, Picture It!, Digital Image Suite, and CorelDRAW). Following his best-selling My Samsung Galaxy S III and My Samsung Galaxy S 4, this is Steve’s third book in the My series.
Before becoming a full-time writer in 1990, Steve served as editor-in-chief for Software Digest and technical services director for Funk Software. He also authored the first trade paperback on the then-new Nintendo phenomenon: Compute!’s Guide to Nintendo Games.
Steve has a Ph.D. in psychology, consults on game design, database design, and technology issues, and lives in the fictional town of Lizard Spit, Arizona. You can see the complete list of his books at www.siliconwasteland.com/misc.htm.
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From the Table of Contents alone, I could see how very detailed and logically presented the book was going to be. The Introduction, I felt, set the tone for the entire book, including Mr. Schwartz's fine approach to writing and teaching, which I like. In reading part of the first chapter (in the online sample), it was clear how much I would benefit from reading Mr. Schwartz's book. I purchased the book in late July, and I recently finished reading it (including the additional material available from the publisher's (Que) website). Not only was I learning so much about smartphones in general, and the S5 in particular, but I really enjoyed and looked forward to picking up the book each day, to continue my reading. It is written not only very informatively, but in a friendly and consistent style.
The layout of the book is excellent. The numbered step-by-step instructions and fully correlated screen shots are presented very well, along with the additional pieces of information that are placed as side bars within the steps. The book's format is detailed and precise in its instructions, and it is written clearly and in a well organized and thought-out manner. It's evident that Mr. Schwartz doesn't want his readers to miss a step in instructing them what to do, throughout the many areas covered in the book. I also enjoyed reading the narrative that was interspersed throughout the book, which made it even more instructional to its readers. Amidst all of the book's detail and technical content, I still found it to be an "enjoyable read" because of Mr. Schwartz's writing style and the manner in which the information is presented.
As an additional note, I found that highlighting the material as I read it was a great benefit to me. I think it served to help the information register better for me. I also believe it gets the reader more engaged in the book if he/she highlights the material (and chooses what information to highlight and not to highlight). In addition, I think it benefits the reader later on, when he/she refers back to the material. Mr. Schwartz may want to encourage his readers to highlight as they read. I just feel it allows to reader to be much more attentive to, and engaged in, the material as it's presented in the book.
I also want to highly commend the editors of the book. It was clear to me that both Mr. Schwartz and the book's editorial staff paid close attention to every detail of the book's contents, including the step-by-step instructions, the screenshots, and the logical flow of the book, from start to finish. I'm sure this is not an easy task to do for any book of a technical nature.
As a result of reading Mr. Schwartz's book, I'm not only more confident in using a smartphone, and it's myriad features, but I also believe I will be more aware of, and less intimidated by, some of the more technical aspects of the phone. For someone who had never used a smartphone before, I feel that Mr. Schwartz, through his wonderful book, has brought me more up to date with the current technology, and its benefits, and for that, I'm very grateful.
I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading other future books by Mr. Schwartz as part of Que's "My" series.