New book: “Netbooks: The Missing Manual”

Netbooks are the hot new thing in PCs – small, inexpensive laptops designed for web browsing, email, and working with web-based programs. But chances are you don’t know how to choose a netbook, let alone use one. Not to worry: Netbooks: The Missing Manual walks you through choosing and buying a netbook, setting one up, and all the common tasks you’ll likely want to perform on your cool new toy.

There’s info about everything from collaborating with others online and sharing photos to playing music and games. You’ll also learn about connecting speakers, printers, keyboards and other hardware to your netbook. And as this book explains, you can save big bucks by using free software and Internet-based programs with your netbook.

This all-in-one guide, by bestselling Missing Manual author and New York Times columnist J.D. Biersdorfer, covers all the basics of the popular new netbook PCs. It provides easy-to-follow instructions and lots of advice to help you:

  • Learn the basics for using a Windows- or Linux-based netbook
  • Connect speakers, printers, keyboards, external hard drives, and other hardware
  • Get online using a wireless network, a public network, broadband cards, or dial-up
  • Write email, browse the Web, transfer bookmarks, and add tools to your web browser
  • Use business tools like Google Docs and Office for Netbooks
  • Collaborate with others online via instant messaging
  • Edit and share photos, play games, listen to music, and watch TV and movies online.

You’ll also learn about web-based backup and storage, staying secure online – especially when using wireless networks – as well as tips for troubleshooting. Netbooks point to the future of computing, and Netbooks: The Missing Manual will show you how to get there.

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