Stumpers : Answers to Hundreds of Questions That Stumped the Experts
by Fred R. Shapiro
The author, a Yale librarian, combed the archives of the Stumpers-L listserv, which was set up for librarians and information professionals to get help with reference questions that stumped them. The result is a very entertaining book with a wealth of insights into the research process on and offline. Forum host, Walt Howe, provided answers to several questions quoted in the book.
Sale price: $10.36
Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon
This book traces the history of the Internet from its earliest conceptual stages in the Eisenhower administration through to the times that the public started to check in and build it into a forum for everybody. It is much more a tale of the Internet's founders and builders than its recent shapers.
Sale price: $10.44.
Protecting Yourself Online by Robert B. Gelbman et al. The book is published by the Electronic Freedom Foundation, and it is a comprehensive guide to protecting your personal rights and safety in the electronic world. The authors include well-known Internet personalities such as Esther Dyson and Stanton McCandish. Sale price: $12.00.
How Intranets Work
This is excellent book by Preston Gralla in ZDPress' "How It Works" series. It is an excellent introduction for beginners to gain a conceptual understanding of the Internet and Intranets and their various protocols. It is is written to help you understand how things work, not just how to use the tools. Its good illustrations make it very easy to read and follow. Sale price: $23.99.
The Cuckoo's Egg : Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
by Clifford Stoll,
Pocket Books, 1995Although the events in this book took place in 1989, the story itself is timeless and it could well have been written yesterday. Astronomer/system administrator Cliff Stoll, while working at the Lawrence Berkely Labs, was bothered by a 75 cent error in his accounting. Investigating, he found out that someone had hacked into his system and was using it as a launching pad to explore government and military sites around the country. He relates how he overcame bureaucratic roadblocks and tracked the interloper back to the source in Germany with the often reluctant help of the CIA, FBI, and telephone companies. It is a great tale, and reveals a lot about the workings of the Internet and its vulnerabilities. Sale price: $5.59
Internet Tools of the Profession, 2d edition
By Hope N. Tillman, Editor
Special Libraries Association
Subtitled "A Guide for Information Professionals," this guide was created by information professionals. It includes 14 chapters on information specialties in such areas as Searching on the Internet and Business and Finance. See the Table of Contents. Forum Manager Walt Howe contributed to the Searching and Information Technology chapters. The book is kept up to date at its ITOTP Website. Price: $49 (list price).
PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide
by David Pogue
Why are we featuring a Palm Pilot book in this Forum devoted to Navigating the Net? When we bought the book, we were delighted to find that it actually includes on the enclosed CD ROM, software to graphically browse the nets. It tells you how to set up the Palm Pilot or Palm III with its own modem or an external one to collect and reply to e-mail and browse the nets through an ISP. You won't mistake the graphics for a high resolution screen, but it works well, even with photographs.
Sale price: $23.96
Teach Yourself Networking Visually
by Paul Whitehead, Ruth Maran
Published by IDG Books Worldwide
This book in IDG Books 3-D Visual Series is the best explanation of the network concepts and architecture I have seen. I have a much better understanding of the networks that I work with daily after reading it. It is an excellent book for beginners who want to learn networking concepts without coping with unreadable technical manuals, and for those who need help in training others in these technical concepts. I suspect that more than a few current system administrators can learn a lot from the book too, while of course, they will keep it on their desks to help others learn.
Sale price: $23.99
Hamlet on the Holodeck : The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace
by Janet H. Murray
This fascinating book explores new forms that literature may take in the future. Murray proposes that rather than continuing strictly one-way narrative forms, you will be able to participate interactively in works of art in the future. Stories will be games and games will be stories. As a participant, you will interact with other characters and perhaps change the outcomes of stories.
Sale price: $17.50 (30% off)
Internet in a Nutshell: a Desktop Quick Reference
By Valerie Quercia
O'Reilly & Assoc., 1997
Like most of ORA's Nutshell series, this book puts a lot of well-organized information in easy to use form. It is a comprehensive reference on Internet and web tools and provides many tips for using Netscape (4.0) and MSIE (3.0) browsers to their full advantage. It runs the gamut from using e-mail and news through transferring files by FTP to building your own web site. Although it was published in October 1997, if you have already moved to using MSIE 4.0, parts of the book will be outdated. Sale price: $15.96
NetResearch: Finding Information Online
By Daniel J. Barrett
O'Reilly & Associates
Long-time Internet veteran Daniel Barrett shares his perspectives and techniques for searching the nets. He gives approaches that go beyond current search engines and web sites to provide you with the logic to find things that the search engines alone will not ferret out. This book will not become dated as quickly when the nets and the engines change. Sale price: $19.96
How the Internet Works: Special Edition
This is an excellent book for beginners to gain a conceptual understanding of the Internet and its various protocols. It is is written to help you understand how things work, not just how to use the tools. Its good illustrations make it very easy to read and follow. Sale price: $23.99.