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The best books about technology you can buy

PC Advisor reviews the best technology books you can buy in the UK right now.

5. Photoshop Elements 10 in Simple Steps

Photoshop Elements 10 in Simple Steps
  • Reviewed on: 27 March 12
  • RRP: £11.99 inc VAT (On offer at £8.39 at the time of writing)
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Photoshop Elements 10 in Simple Steps represents good value at £11.99, but if you shop around you could grab an even bigger bargain.

4. Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps

Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps
  • Reviewed on: 15 February 12
  • RRP: £11.99 inc VAT (On offer at £8.39 at the time of writing)
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

A useful, easy to read and well put together book for inexperienced DSLR photographers, we like Using Your Digital SLR Camera In Simple Steps.

3. Network Security First-Step 2nd Edition

Network Security First-Step 2nd Edition
  • Reviewed on: 29 March 12
  • RRP: £20 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Network Security First-Step is a good guide to securing a network, although total beginners may find some bits difficult to follow, and the quality of images isn't great.

2. Beginning Android 4

Beginning Android 4
  • Reviewed on: 20 February 12
  • RRP: £31.49 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

It doesn't have much info that's specific to Android 4.0, and absolute beginners need not apply, but Beginning Android 4 will be a useful reference for app developers.

1. How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 10

How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 10
  • Reviewed on: 15 March 12
  • RRP: £24 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 10 covers the basics without drowning the reader in advanced techniques and doesn't claim to make you an expert in a couple of hours. It will either be a reference volume for dipping into occasionally and when you need a reminder or it will become addictive, driving you onwards to master every technique available.

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