Internet for Christians

Internet for Christians

Internet for Christians: Everything You Need to Start Cruising the Net Today
Schultze
1998

Evidently this book is the secret to a more sanitized Internet.

In actuality, it really is a guidebook for Christian oriented sites. Regardless, since this is about the Internet circa late 1990s, I think we can safely let this go.

These subject/group specific books were all the rage as people were starting to navigate the web. Now it seems ridiculous that one would use a book to guide them to certain sites. They would be out of date before they even went to a publisher.

Remember Actor’s Guide to the Internet? How about Internet after Hours? or as a companion book, Catholics on the Internet. I’d be curious to know how many sites have lasted over 20 years.

Go surf with God,

Mary

reverse the charges

Reverse the Charges

Reverse the Charges
How to Save Money on Your Phone Bill
Simon and Waz
1983

In 1974, the government filed an anti-trust suit against AT&T and by the early 1980s, the phone company was broken down into the “Baby Bells”. New competitors came on the scene and were offering long distance options for consumers. (Personal aside: my father often remarked that the only people that came out ahead in the breakup of AT&T were the lawyers that billed obscene amounts for the Bell reorganization.)

In the 1980s, this would have been an excellent choice for a public library. In 2020, this book is ridiculous unless you are putting together a telecommunications history archive. I actually couldn’t believe it was sitting on a shelf in a public library.

Internet after hours

Internet After Hours

Internet After Hours
Your Guide to Finding Games, Entertainment, and Just Plain Weirdness on the Internet
Eddy
1994

Sounds like this newfangled Internet is a bit sketchy. This is still the infancy of the Internet for the general user. This book is highlighting the entertaining and/or weird parts of the Internet. (Note the interest in vending machines at certain universities around the world.) This is another one of those quaint books on the early days of the Internet. In 2020, I doubt one has to work that hard at finding weird stuff on the Internet.

Mary

a new true book Internet

Proto Internet for Kids

Internet
Koehler
1995

When I plucked this out of a library collection, I started to laugh because the average little kid would have no idea what this book was about. This book was written for their parents.

The Internet was still a novelty to most people at the time of publication. Services like AOL, Prodigy, and Compuserve were the players in making the Internet accessible to the general public.

This is a nice snapshot of the early days of the Internet, but today’s kids aren’t really interested in digging into the Gopher servers.

I wonder whatever happened to my Compuserve address?

Mary

internet

Live like it’s 1994

The Internet Complete Reference
Hahn and Stout
1994

Have you been wondering what those AOL disks that come in the mail are all about? Did you hear about something called Electronic Mail? This book has you covered. It is still in circulation as of this writing. I am pretty confident that public libraries can weed pretty much any tech books from the 1990s without damaging the library’s collections.

Mary

Actor's Guide to the Internet

Thespian Interwebs

Actor’s Guide to the Internet
Kozlowski
2000

Submitter:┬áBoth of these were still on the shelf in 2020 (well, until today), right next to each other in 792.02. Dig the lack of google in favorite search engines, and the assertion that the websites for Borders (RIP), Barnes and Noble and Amazon blur together in the author’s mind!

Public library weeding tip: search the phrase “Computer Network Resources — Directories” to find these relics that aren’t in the 005s or 020s. There were a LOT of printed guides to websites on a specific topic published from 1997-2002, and they’re hiding in places like 598.07 (Internet Guide to Birds and Birding: The Ultimate Directory to the Best Sites Online, 2000) and 629 (Automotive Web Sites, 1999). My library got rid of those “internet yellow pages” directories 10 years ago, but these got missed since they weren’t with the computer/web titles.

basic scanning guide

Scanning Basics

Basic Scanning Guide
For Photographers and Other Creative Types
Sheppard
2001

Although scanner technology has been around for a while, it wasn’t really a part of the modern home or office until the mid 1990s. If not for the pub date, I would have guessed this book to be a few years older. Not that scanning is that interesting anyway, this book has a pretty dull layout with numbered paragraph topics and the black and white photos. (Maybe the creative types weren’t consulted on this book project.) Weed and don’t look back.

Posperity is calling

1-900-Kind of Sketchy

Opportunity Is Calling
How to Start Your Own Successful 900 Number
Bentz
1993

900 phone numbers were quite the thing in the 1980s and 1990s. Every minute on these lines cost the caller upwards of several dollars a minute. These numbers were mostly known for phone sex or psychic hotlines. If you are of a certain age, you will probably remember Dionne Warwick’s Psychic Friends Network.

I nabbed this copy from a library and it looked absolutely untouched when I checked it out. I have no idea how good the content, but the book design is boring. Unfortunately, I don’t have any circ data but I feel pretty confident in guessing this book hasn’t seen much action.