The Secret Guide to Computers

Here's why The Secret Guide to Computers is so popular:

Welcome to, the official Web site of The Secret Guide to Computers, which is....

  • the world's top-rated computer book
  • praised by the New York Times, CBS News, Wall Street Journal, PC Magazine, and PC World
  • rated #1 by colleges, computer clubs, and libraries worldwide
  • the only easy, fun, fast way to become a total computer expert

    It's huge and includes 5 training books in 1....
    Microsoft software: Windows up to XP, Office, Works, Visual programming
    Anti-Microsoft software: Mac, Linux, Palm, WordPerfect, FileMaker
    Internet: ISP selection, Web, secret sites, e-mail, HTML, FrontPage
    Hardware: components & systems, discounts, do-it-yourself repairs, tune-ups
    Humanity: industry mistakes, computer personality, careers, future

    The 28th edition of "The Secret Guide to Computers" is our best yet!
    It contains more than 20,000 improvements on the 27th edition. It includes much more about how to use Windows Me & XP, Microsoft Office XP, HTML, Visual Basic, Linux KDE, Palm, and many other topics.

    We include up-to-date advice about which computer equipment to buy and how to use & fix it. We include the results of the HP-Compaq merger, the eMachines rebates, NuTrend's Web-only ordering, Gateway's downfall, and Apple's eMac & revamped iMac. We analyze the new viruses: Snow White, Magistrate, Sircam, Nimda, and Klez.

    We've added new sections explaining Windows Media Player, CD burners, scanners, digital cameras, Google, other top Web sites, and msconfig. We include the newest versions of Windows, Microsoft Office, WordPerfect Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, and Linux. Compared with the 27th edition, we include twice as much about search engines, 12 times as much about Visual Basic, and 23 times as much about HTML.

    You get all that plus more, packed into 639 big pages.

    The huge 28th edition is organized neatly into 8 sections
    Buyer's guide: overview, chips, disks, screens, printers, other hardware, software, IBM-compatibles, Apple
    Operating systems: modern Windows, classic Windows, MS-DOS, Mac OS, Linux, Palm OS
    Internet: browse the Web, e-mail, newsgroups
    Word processing: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, WordPerfect, Q&A Write
    Tricky apps: spreadsheets, databases, graphics, desktop pub., Web-page design, accounting, personal, games, AI
    Fix your computer: maintenance, repairs, viruses
    Programming: QBasic, Visual Basic, other Basics, Pascal, C&C++, Java, Dbase&FoxPro, strange tongues, assembler
    Management: our past, your future, index, coupons

    Free help
    Call the author, Russ Walter, at 603-666-6644, whenever you need a "helping hand" or a "shoulder to cry on" or a giggle. Call day or night, 24 hours: he's usually in and sleeps just lightly. You can phone to ask about books, order them, get free help about computers or life, or just say hi. Russ will do whatever he can to make you happy. Go ahead: phone 603-666-6644 now! (If you wish to write to, Russ will read your message then typically wait for your phone call, since good support requires phone interaction.)

    Thousands of reviewers worldwide have praised "The Secret Guide to Computers" for being the best computer book ever written. Here are links to sample reviews, unabridged at their own Websites:
    Christian Computing Magazine's review of the 28th edition
    Florida's Hometown News review of the 28th edition
    Texas Golden Triangle PC Club review of the 27th edition
    Epinion review of the 27th edition

    Free reading
    You can read, for free, some chapters from the 28th edition, plus more reviews (from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, PC World, etc.) and fan mail. Just click here.

    The 28th edition lists for $17.50. Pay less by joining your friends....
    Take a 20% discount for 2 copies, so you pay just $14.00 each.
    Take a 44% discount for 4 copies, so you pay just $9.80 each.
    Take a 60% discount for 60 copies, so you pay just $7.00 each.
    Take a 66% discount for 660 copies, so you pay just $5.95 each.

    Classic bargains
    To include so many new topics, the 28th edition omits our famous explanations of older topics, which you can still get in classic editions reissued at bargain prices:
    27th edition for $5, 26th edition for $4, 23rd edition for $3

    We're having a special sale for prepaid bulk purchases....
    27th edition: $4 each for 4 copies, $3 each for 10 copies
    26th edition: $3 each for 4 copies, $2 each for 10 copies
    23rd edition: $2 each for 4 copies, $1 each for 10 copies
    To get those special-sale prices: order before the sale ends, mention "Web special",
    request shipping to a single location, and prepay (by credit card, check, money order, or cash).

    Shipping choices
    For shipping to the USA, you have 3 choices:
    Standard is free, takes 1-2 weeks
    UPS, available if ordering at least 2 books to original 48 states, costs $5 total, takes 1 week or less
    Air costs $3 per book, takes 2-3 days

    For shipping to other countries, you have 2 choices:
    Standard costs $2 per book, takes 3-8 weeks
    Air costs $9 per book, takes 1-2 weeks

    All those times are typical but can increase 50% if the post office or UPS is overloaded.

    How to order
    We accept orders from all countries.
    Fastest method: phone 603-666-6644 (24 hours, usually in) with your credit card.
    Modern method: e-mail, giving your street address, credit card number&date.
    Classic method: mail check, money order, or cash (we'll convert foreign currency)
    to The Secret Guide to Computers, 196 Tiffany Lane, Manchester NH 03104.
    Wire method: wire funds from your local Western Union or MoneyGram office (in most countries)
    to Russell M. Walter at Manchester NH 03104, then tell us you did.
    Free treat: to get a free yellow brochure about us, e-mail your street address to

    Thousands of people resell our books worldwide at bookstores, colleges, computer clubs, events, and Web sites. You can buy there or directly from us. Resellers invent their own prices, which can be lower or higher than ours. You'll typically do best buying directly from us, since we offer quantity discounts, classic discounts, free US shipping, underpriced international shipping, no tax, a money-back guarantee, and immediate service.

    Here are examples of resellers (phone us for other resellers and free libraries near you):
    Pat Rosenheim's Web site sells the 28th edition for $12
    Josh Feingold's Web site sells the 28th edition for $14
    and gives free peeks at most 28th-edition chapters (altered to say the book costs $14 from him)
    New York City bookstore: Computer Book Works, 212-385-1616, $14 plus tax or shipping
    Los Angeles bookstore: Opamp Technical Books, 323-464-4322, $16.63 plus tax or shipping

    Provocative Web sites (more are on pages 171-176 of 28th edition):

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    make President Bush do disco dancing
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    women are better than men (because men are disgusting)
    Museum of Menstruation
    plane tickets, driving directions, discount car rentals, travel tips
    phone numbers & addresses of your friends & enemies
    news headlines
    strangest news
    today's stock market surprises
    your favorite big companies and their financials
    the post office, its rates, its ZIP codes, correct addresses
    the Queen of England, her dogs, and the relatives who dog her
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