Submitter: My local library district is two little hole-in-the-wall libraries a couple blocks apart. Even so, their smaller branch had room for four copies of this book: Two of this edition and two of the only slightly more recent 2007 edition.
It mentions PDAs, but not smartphones, floppy and Zip disks, but not Blu-Ray, and has an entire section on socializing online that doesn’t say anything about social media. It’s full of specific numerical advice (like how much memory a computer needs) that is out of date and URLs that are subject to link rot. Libraries must be extra cautious with technology books for beginners, because not only do they quickly become obsolete, but the target audience won’t be able to sort the good information from the bad.
The clincher? The pages are falling out.
Holly:I love this series, but I agree with Submitter. Computer newbies don’t know what’s accurate and what’s not. It’s one thing to have a couple of books on the previous version of software or operating systems, since people might still have it on their machines, but these very-beginner books really need to be the latest and greatest. If someone is learning about computer basics on an old computer, at least they won’t *think* they’ve got something up-to-date. (They’ll realize what a piece of crap their kid gave them and think “thanks a lot, brat!”)