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Horrifyingly Expensive, Poorly Written and Edited
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2018
I have not used a worse text since high school, perhaps middle school. The writing is all over the place, starting in a dad-joke, trying to be "cool," kind of manner, with plenty of fluff and wasted ink. Never have I seen a text introduce and dismiss so many subjects so quickly as outside its scope. (Most of the time this was completely unnecessary). There are typos and misspellings all over the place, words that are capitalized for no reason ("CODEC"...Really?), and at least one instance of a missing reference resulting in the actual text being replaced by something like "Reference not found." (I assume software was used to keep track and place citations, and this particular one went missing.) The glossary is atrocious as well. Several words seem to have had their definitions copied and pasted. I believe these were meant to have the same template definition, with some words changed, but the authors forgot to actually update them. Further...in a book about networking, why is there no definition for "Internet?" This is defined in the text, but it, and many other definitions, surely deserved a place in the glossary. Finally, the index is pretty worthless. Studying for my final was its own course in frustration.
Finally, and most importantly, this is a childish, immature approach to the topics in most instances. I understand it is an introduction kind of text, but it's laughably shallow in both content and approach. There are numerous instances where you will feel unfulfilled in attempts at genuinely understanding a topic. "Check your understanding" questions seem to be after every couple of paragraphs and, while usually helpful, fairly regularly do not have concrete answers in the text. These would be appropriate for "Discussion," not for checking reading comprehension.
The book has its moments, mostly bad, and is absolutely NOT worth the astoundingly ridiculous price it wants to fetch. If you are an instructor or department head/committee who actually chooses to use this, then you should feel ashamed of yourself. If it is genuinely the best text of its sort, a more IS-business approach to the topics, then someone else needs to write a better book. They'll make a fortune (apparently, considering how much this one goes for).
The only pro I can think of is that it's a small, durable text, fitting easily in a book-bag. (I suppose that's also a con, given how little you actually get for your money.)