This was one of the first books about the Internet in the entire publishing industry. It sold more than 40,000 copies in about a year, and I promoted the book with a series of Internet demonstrations in bookstores nationwide. One of these promos, in a NYC Barnes & Noble, drew more people than a John Clancy book signing a few weeks earlier. (The Internet was very new and very fascinating back then!)
Of course, the Internet was much different then than it is today. We covered WSGopher and the Trumpet newsreader, the Cello web browser and Eudora email program. (That’s the Indiana University website on the cover, in the Cello browser; there weren’t that many websites around to feature in the book.) The book also included a 3.5″ diskette that included Chameleon dial-up connection software (few areas had their own ISPs back then), WinSocket Gopher, and Eudora. What a deal!
Here’s the book blurb:
Save time and effort — discover the fastest, easiest way to get started with the Internet. Easy Internet starts at the very beginning and breaks down Internet navigation into short, simple tasks. You’ll quickly get comfortable with using all the resources the Internet has to offer!
This fully illustrated, step-by-step guide uses a proven approach to learning the basics. Just follow the simple directions, watch the tasks unfold on sample screen pictures, and then do it yourself!
Step-by-step lessons show you how to:
- Get connected and set up your Internet tool kit
- Send and receive e-mail and find and download files
- Participate in newsgroups and browse the World Wide Web
- Find the best Internet resources for your needs.
Author: Michael Miller
Publisher: Que Publishing
Page count: 228 pp., full color with 3.5″ diskette