by Mark H. Anbinder, News Editor -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical Support Coordinator, BAKA Computers
Lauriat's Books, a chain of bookstores around the U.S. (usually found in shopping malls), has a special sale on books about the Internet through the end of January. Several titles (identified by a blue dot on the cover) are 25 percent off. Among the offerings is Adam Engst's Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, which includes (as you already know if you've been paying attention) a disk full of useful software for Mac-based Internet users, including Apple's normally $59 MacTCP, and two free weeks of Internet access through Seattle-based Northwest Nexus.
The bookstore attendants are unlikely to be able to provide much help on selecting the best titles since a decent store carries thousands of books on every imaginable topic. However, if you already have some good recommendations on books, this special deal will make those books more affordable.
[I no longer know which of the Unix Internet books are the best since there are about ten new ones. However, for those that don't know how to search the List of Lists WAIS source, or where various electronic publications are located, a directory-type book on the Internet might be useful. They seldom offer unique information, but often it's easier to do a quick flip in a book than to search the nets. I know of two decent books in this genre - Eric Braun's The Internet Directory (ISBN 0-449-908-984) and Internet World's On Internet 94 from Meckler Publishing (ISBN 0-88736-929-4). -Adam]