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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

It is an excellent book, but I didn't give it a 5-stars rating for the following reasons:

1)The author tried to make the book interesting by sharing his anecdotes with the readers. I would rather see more useful information.

2) The book didn't not have much cover on coloring, and fixing landscape image.

3) The author often presented a step-by-step instruction without much explanation. For example, no explanation on various blending mode (Overlay, Soft Light), and color mode (RGB, LAB, CMYK).

All in all, it is a excellent book if you are interested in facial retouching and sharpening techniques.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Virtually useless.

All business architects doing web development should read this book so as to nag on developers about how terrible the site designs are. All web developers should read this book so as not to be nagged at.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Handbook of Applied Cryptography
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. Van Oorschot, Scott A. Vanstone
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
academic style

Menezes et. al. provide a thorough review of the field of cryptography. It's the first book I grab when I'm looking for something. Much more in depth than Bruce Scheier's "Applied Cryptography"

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't Make Me Read!

That was the nick-name I gave this book -- I got so much value without having to read a densely written text. It's one of the most usable, practical, and well designed books I've ever read.
Bottom line: I learned how to conduct beautifully effective user testing with minimal investment, time, and reading!