Making the Most of Windows 10 with in easy steps

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Windows 10 is now the de facto operating system on PCs, but are you making the most of your Windows 10

 

Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition is a comprehensive guide to utilising the tools Windows 10 has to offer on PC’s, Laptops and Tablets, making it a great investment for anyone who depends upon their PC for daily use. From managing the interface and apps, to navigating the desktop, files and folders, this guide will not only take you through the basics but also explain the advanced features to help you get more from your software upgrade.

Built-in applications including Windows Mail, Microsoft Edge and Windows Media Player, as well as programs including Paint, Fax and Scan, Administrative Tools and Insights are introduced and their various new advantages and features are clearly explained.

To save you the labour of trawling through copious amounts of online information, with 27 concise chapters spanning both the basics and the advanced features of Windows 10, the Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition  is the perfect go to guide, for clear and specific answers to any queries you may have. 

The guide provides comprehensive coverage of the latest Windows operating system, not only detailing the new features but also showing how these integrate with the more traditional elements of the operating system. It also includes chapters on updating, maintaining and troubleshooting so that you can keep your computer working in tiptop condition. 

Windows 10 is one of the most significant upgrades in Microsoft’s history and this in easy steps guide is ideal for newbies as well as those wanting to make the most of Windows 10. With illustrations and plain instructions the manual is the ultimate companion to Windows 10

Packed with tips and tricks, this 480-page reference book is on offer at £12.99 (RRP £17.99) for a limited period from our website only.

A great investment for all Windows 10 users to make the most of this popular operating system! 

 

Get Prepared for the Post-Lockdown Job Market – In Easy Steps

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With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic affecting all aspects of life, the world of work has unavoidably changed for many of us. With this comes sectors that are thriving during the pandemic, others that are still adjusting, and some that simply cannot run their companies due to the nature of the work. According to the latest jobs market report from employment website CV-Library, the number of job vacancies in the UK fell by 62.7% in the second quarter of 2020. With higher competition for jobs, which industries are continuing to hire staff, while others remain in more fragile positions?

According to BBC statistics, the highest performing industry for post-lockdown jobs is IT (Information Technology). Software engineers, web developers and online security are but a few of the roles in IT that are currently thriving. Digital skills are now imperative in every industry from online-shopping to automating processes in factories. It will be critical for firms to adapt digitally to the changing market, hence the growing demand for IT specialists. So is it time to review your skill set and reskill, or even upskill, for the emerging job market?

In Easy Steps offers a multitude of accessible and affordable guides for step-by-step learning  in order to help you do this. At In Easy Steps, all programming and web development books are ideal for beginners who want to acquire these skills cost effectively, at ease in their own time at their own pace. From Digital Marketing for Businesses to Web Development and Programming, for those who now may want to start their own business, update their skill-set in preparation for the competing job market, or even consider becoming a Programmer as a new career. 

In Easy Steps provides guides on a comprehensive range of computing and professional skills

Web development manuals by In Easy Steps guide you through the process of creating a website: planning, web page layout, navigation, search engine promotion, ecommerce, and even social media marketing for a successful online business. Or whilst updating your programming skills from C, C++, C#Java, Python and  R for Data Analysis will prepare you for new post-lockdown systems development work and projects

You may want to consider gaining programming skills from scratch. In Easy Steps will get you started with Coding for Beginners to explore and grasp the fundamentals of coding. Why not get started and see how you like it as a career in the new employment landscape?

In Easy Steps – Your trusted source for fast learning! 

 

Digital Lifestyle for Seniors in easy steps

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What is Digital Lifestyle and how can Seniors benefit?

The digital age has improved our ability to connect with one another all around the world, to work remotely, to access a plethora of information and own smart homes, improving our quality of life immeasurably. Given its many benefits and the widespread use of technology in today’s society, it is becoming increasingly important to make the digital world accessible to all generations. There are a multitude of reasons to encourage seniors to connect with the digital world, including improving areas of life such as shopping, keeping up-to-date with news, banking, travel, reminders for important everyday tasks, and much more. Seniors online also have access to up-to-date information on health matters, and being in touch with the outside world helps to reduce loneliness. Technology provides better living conditions for the elderly because science is fundamentally designed to improve the quality of our lives. Whilst it can be harmful when used in excess, tapping into the areas of life improved through technology, such as easily staying socially connected to friends and family, can greatly improve the wellbeing and connection of seniors to the modern world.

The internet is no longer the exclusive domain of younger people. Over the past years, more and more seniors are moving online. Whilst they still have lower rates of technological adoption than other generations, they are becoming more digitally connected than ever before. There are many current technologies perfect for those new to the digital world, such as easy-to-use smartphones and tablet computers. It is up to strategic planning in society, integration through handbooks and one-on-one teaching for more seniors to get online and reap the benefits of evolving technology. 

For example, the internet is a great way to gain self education providing us with otherwise inaccessible knowledge about the world on almost every subject imaginable, alongside enabling us to stay up-to-date on political and policy issues. As stated in the Senior Lifestyle magazine 82% of boomers/seniors use search engines to gather information on topics of interest spending an average of 27 hours per week online. This enables seniors to involve themselves more in current affairs whether it be political, cultural, scientific or sociological, the information accessible provides a gateway for growing with, and learning from the present world.

Mobility is key for sustaining a sense of freedom. Digital tools such as google maps, bus timetables, and ticket buying apps can all transform an individual’s ease of access to travel, by enabling them with a map that can direct them to any place they would like to go, whilst providing car routes, cycling routes, public transport routes and walking directions for any journey.

Whilst a smart home can seem like a complex and expensive venture, there are many simple ways a home can be updated to accommodate an easier living environment. Smart lighting, home security cameras, smart thermostats, multi-room audio systems, smart water irrigation systems and smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are just a few simple ways a home can be made safer and more efficient with technology. 

In Easy Steps provides a wide variety of excellent step-by-step beginner manuals on using specific technologies such as Android phones and Android tablets; Apple’s iPhone and iPad; creating a smart home; using Facebook; getting more from Alexa (Amazon’s personal digital assistant); Windows 10, and much more, providing individuals with a great introduction to specified information and subsequent access to the online and digitally connected world. 

Join millions of seniors worldwide who are using In Easy Steps guides to benefit from the emerging lifestyle technology.  To see the full range for you – or Senior members of your family – click the following link: http://ineasysteps.com/books-by-category/for-seniors/.

Smart Homes in easy steps 9781840788259

Alexa for Seniors in easy steps 9781840789072

iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 9th edition 9781840788617

Just released : SQL in easy steps ebook for Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Kobo and Nook

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SQL and what is it used for?

SQL stands for Structured Query Language. It is the language used to communicate with a database. According to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) it is the standard language for relational database management systems. SQL statements are used to perform tasks such as update data on a database or retrieve data from a database. Some common relational database management systems that use SQL are: Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, Access, Ingres, etc. While most database systems use SQL, most of them also have their own additional proprietary extensions that are usually only used on their system. However, the standard SQL commands such as “Select”, “Insert”, “Update”, “Delete”, “Create”, and “Drop” can be used to accomplish almost everything that one needs to do with a database.

The spread of dynamic websites on the World Wide Web today is largely due to the possibility for their content to be handled through databases. Database management is a complicated process, which has been considerably rationalized by the SQL programming language. As its full name (Structured Query Language) implies, SQL is responsible for querying and editing information stored in a certain database management system. The biggest uses of Structured Query Language (SQL) today have to do with using a long-established conventional language for relational databases with newly emerging enterprise IT environments, like cloud-native systems, virtual networks, etc. Essentially, SQL is used to retrieve data or otherwise interface with a relational database. As a standard, SQL is a popular way to get information out of relational database systems. Relational databases are set up with a particular structure — each record has a series of keys that are linked to one another in consistent ways and placed in a “table” represented visually in a grid. The SQL language is written to comb the contents of tables in a conventional database. SQL is widely used in business and in other types of database administration.

SQL in easy steps

SQL in easy steps, 4th edition, demonstrates SQL features using the current MySQL Relational Database Management System that is supported on both Windows and Linux operating systems. This fourth edition introduces and explores databases, creating database tables, inserting data into tables, data retrieval, data filtering, data manipulation, making complex queries, handling data tables, and more. The manual begins with instructions for how to install a free SQL database server onto your system, prior to describing what SQL is and proceeding to provide a comprehensive explanation of SQL’s application. Each chapter ends with a summary of the contents within the chapter to allow the reader to reflect on and retain the information provided. With its step-by-step approach, the In Easy Steps guide is perfect for anyone approaching SQL for the first time, from web-developers to students and hobbyists.

 SQL in easy steps now available in print, ebook and pdf formats.  Visit relevant ebook store for the ebook version.

New release: SQL in easy steps, 4th edition

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Data management with SQL – in a nutshell

Gives you a sound understanding of the Structured Query Language so you can write your own SQL scripts to insert, extract and manipulate data.

Available NOW for £8.99

SQL (Structured Query Language) is THE standard language used world-wide for database communication on all popular database software. It allows the storage and manipulation of data both on Windows platforms and on Unix-based platforms, such as Linux.

SQL in easy steps, 4th edition begins by explaining how to download and install the free MySQL database server on both Windows and Linux platforms. This allows you to establish an environment in which to develop and administer your own databases. This book makes no assumption that you will have previous knowledge of any programming or scripting language so it’s ideal for the newcomer to SQL. Each chapter builds your knowledge of executing database queries. The book contains exciting chapters on how to selectively extract data from within one, or more, databases and there are complete examples that illustrate each aspect of SQL. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of the Structured Query Language and be able to write your own SQL scripts to insert, extract, and manipulate data.

Free, downloadable source code is available from our website so you can check the code against your own work, and get started straight away!

SQL in easy steps, 4th edition has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone who wants to begin using databases. It is suitable for those with little or no experience of SQL. This book will appeal to all who need a fundamental understanding of database administration with SQL.

By: Mike McGrath
Pages: 192
Publication: 23rd June 2020

Buy the book for only £8.99 for a limited period

 

New release: Alexa for Seniors in easy steps

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Alexa for Seniors in easy steps releasing today on our online store

Ideal Father’s Day Present!

 

Special launch price only £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

Shows the Senior reader how to use Alexa (Amazon’s cloud-based voice-activated service) to help with everyday tasks, making life easier.

Smart speakers are becoming more and more common in the home. These are devices that use a voice-controlled digital personal assistant to perform a range of everyday tasks. One of the most popular of these is Alexa, which operates on the Amazon Echo smart speaker.

Alexa for Seniors in easy steps shows the Senior reader how to use Alexa to help with everyday tasks, and to give you peace of mind and keep you safe, including:

  • Setting reminders and alerts for:
    • taking medication
    • upcoming appointments
    • paying bills
    • daily/weekly/monthly household tasks
    • calling relatives and friends
    • birthdays and anniversaries – get Alexa to remind you to send cards and presents in time
    • …and anything else you need reminding about
  • Making hands-free phone calls if you can’t reach the phone
  • Setting and controlling smart home devices like smart heating and smart lighting
  • Getting the weather forecast, latest news, and sports results
  • Playing music and listening to the radio
  • Playing games
  • Doing shopping online

And much, much more!

Alexa for Seniors in easy steps guides you through setting up your Alexa-enabled device, so you don’t have to ask the kids!

Presented in larger font for easy reading – in the familiar In Easy Steps style.

By: Nick Vandome
Pages: 192
Publication: June 2020
ISBN: 9781840789072

 

New release: C# Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition – print version

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Available NOW from our online shopSpecial launch price £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

C# Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition teaches you to code applications, and demonstrates every aspect of the C# language you will need to produce professional programming results. Its examples provide clear syntax-highlighted code showing C# language basics including variables, arrays, logic, looping, methods, and classes.

C# Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition begins by explaining how to install the free Visual Studio Community Edition, to create an environment in which you can quickly begin to create your own executable programs by copying the book’s examples. It demonstrates all the C# language basics before moving on to provide examples of Object Oriented Programming. The book concludes by demonstrating how you can use your acquired knowledge to create graphic programs for traditional PC Desktop apps, and also as Universal apps for multiple devices.

C# Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to:

  • Anyone who wants to begin programming in C#
  • The programmer who quickly wants to add C# to their skills set
  • The hobbyist who wants to begin creating apps for their own computer
  • The student, and to those seeking a career in computing, who need a fundamental understanding of C# programming

 

ISBN: 9781840789065

192 pages

By: Mike McGrath

Published: May 29th, 2020

New release: Digital Marketing for Businesses in easy steps – print version

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Available now from our online shop – Special launch price £7.99 (RRP £12.99)

 

The essential steps you need to take to set your digital strategy and get it right first time.

Nowadays, just having a website or an app is not enough. Potential customers aren’t going to stumble across you by accident – you need to employ digital marketing tools and techniques to help them find you and keep you front of mind, and have them coming back again and again.

Marketing your products and services online doesn’t have to cost the earth. Lots of digital marketing activities can be done for free, or very little, and are very effective. You may also save costs for advertising in magazines, and creating, printing, and distributing brochures. Furthermore, there are no geographical boundaries on the internet – you can target customers around the globe.

Digital marketing for businesses in easy steps guides you through the essential steps you need to take to set your digital strategy and get it right first time. It covers all the key digital marketing channels you should consider deploying to generate a larger, stronger, and a more loyal customer base.  It covers:

  • The fundamentals of digital marketing.
  • Getting more from your website and getting your “digital house in order”.
  • The social network sites where your customers are most likely to be active: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
  • The art of blogging to get customer loyalty.
  • How to create and launch a powerful content marketing strategy.
  • How to use search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO) to ensure customers find you and buy from you.
  • How to measure and optimize the effectiveness of your digital marketing.

Get started with your digital marketing strategy now with Digital marketing for businesses in easy steps, and use the new technology to reap the rewards for your business!

By Jon Smith

ISBN: 9781840788631

Pages: 288

Published: May 29th, 2020

New release: Photoshop Elements Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts in easy steps – 2020 edition – print version

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Available now from our online shopSpecial launch price £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

Over 1000 tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you get the most out of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements.

Photoshop Elements Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts in easy steps – 2020 edition not only offers a comprehensive guide to getting up and running with the software, but goes further: providing a wealth of detail in ways to progress to more advanced photo editing and also find some of the hidden secrets of the software. Although the book looks at some of the ways you can expand your photo editing exploits, it does not forget new users or anyone who wants to brush up on the basics.  Areas covered include:

  • Navigating around Elements and organizing images.
  • Using Quick Wins and Guided edits to create special effects.
  • Using Text and Drawing tools to add and edit text.
  • Sharing photos in a range of formats, such as photo books or cards, and on social media.
  • Key features such as Auto Curate, Artistic Overlays, opening closed eyes, adding watercolor, and replacing backgrounds in photos.
  • New features including new Auto Creations, one-click subject selection, skin smoothing, new creative patterns and quickly removing unwanted objects.
  • Layered images, reducing camera shake or haze, removing imperfections, creating impressive text, removing red-eye, and more.

Photoshop Elements Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts in easy steps – 2020 edition not only covers the latest version of the software: it can also be used with earlier versions too. It has something for everyone: an in depth introduction for new users, and a range of options for those who want to take their photo-editing to the next level. Throughout, there are over a thousand tips and handy hints so that you will feel like an Elements expert in no time.

 

Covers versions for both PC and Mac users.

 

ISBN: 9781840789041

By: Nick Vandome

Pages: 192

Publication: May 29th, 2020

 

New release: HTML in easy steps, 9th edition – print version

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Available NOW from our online shop

Special launch price only £7.99 (RRP £11.99)

 

The easy way to learn HTML, so that you can create compelling web pages in the latest browsers.

 

HTML in easy steps, 9th edition instructs you how to employ the latest development for web page design with HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Modern web browsers support exciting features of the HTML standard that allows easy creation of stunning web pages and engaging interactive apps.

HTML in easy steps, 9th edition contains examples and screenshots that illustrate each feature of HTML, describing how to incorporate meta information about a document within its “head” section and how to add structured “body” content. You’ll learn how to create web pages to display text, images, lists, tables, hyperlinks, forms, audio, and video. Each chapter builds your knowledge so by the end of the book you’ll have gained a sound understanding of HTML.

HTML in easy steps, 9th edition has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone looking to create compelling web pages for the latest browsers. Ideal for programmers who need to quickly learn the latest HTML techniques, students learning website design at school or college, those seeking a career in web development who need a thorough understanding of HTML, and the enthusiast eager to build the latest HTML features into their websites.

 

 

 

Pages: 192
Publication: May 29th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-84078-876-1

New special offers for Senior readers

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New release: HTML in easy steps, 9th edition

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Available NOW from our online shop – £5.99 (+VAT where applicable)

 

HTML in easy steps, 9th edition instructs you how to employ the latest development for web page design with HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Modern web browsers support exciting features of the HTML standard that allows easy creation of stunning web pages and engaging interactive apps.

HTML in easy steps, 9th edition contains examples and screenshots that illustrate each feature of HTML, describing how to incorporate meta information about a document within its “head” section and how to add structured “body” content. You’ll learn how to create web pages to display text, images, lists, tables, hyperlinks, forms, audio, and video. Each chapter builds your knowledge so by the end of the book you’ll have gained a sound understanding of HTML.

HTML in easy steps, 9th edition has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone looking to create compelling web pages for the latest browsers. Ideal for programmers who need to quickly learn the latest HTML techniques, students learning website design at school or college, those seeking a career in web development who need a thorough understanding of HTML, and the enthusiast eager to build the latest HTML features into their websites.

 

 

By Mike McGrath

192 pages

New release: C# Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition – ebook (PDF)

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Available NOW from our online shop – £5.99 (+VAT where applicable)

 

 

C# Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition teaches you to code applications, and demonstrates every aspect of the C# language you will need to produce professional programming results. Its examples provide clear syntax-highlighted code showing C# language basics including variables, arrays, logic, looping, methods, and classes.

C# Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition begins by explaining how to install the free Visual Studio Community Edition, to create an environment in which you can quickly begin to create your own executable programs by copying the book’s examples. It demonstrates all the C# language basics before moving on to provide examples of Object Oriented Programming. The book concludes by demonstrating how you can use your acquired knowledge to create graphic programs for traditional PC Desktop apps, and also as Universal apps for multiple devices.

C# Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to:

  • Anyone who wants to begin programming in C#
  • The programmer who quickly wants to add C# to their skills set
  • The hobbyist who wants to begin creating apps for their own computer
  • The student, and to those seeking a career in computing, who need a fundamental understanding of C# programming

 

192 pages

By Mike McGrath

New release: Photoshop Elements Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts in easy steps 2020 edition ebook (PDF)

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Available NOW from our online shop - £11.99

 

 

Photoshop Elements Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts in easy steps – 2020 edition not only offers a comprehensive guide to getting up and running with the software, but goes further: providing a wealth of detail in ways to progress to more advanced photo editing and also find some of the hidden secrets of the software. Although the book looks at some of the ways you can expand your photo editing exploits, it does not forget new users or anyone who wants to brush up on the basics.  Areas covered include:

Navigating around Elements and organizing images.

Using Quick Wins and Guided edits to create special effects.

Using Text and Drawing tools to add and edit text.

Sharing photos in a range of formats, such as photo books or cards, and on social media.

Key features such as Auto Curate, Artistic Overlays, opening closed eyes, adding watercolor, and replacing backgrounds in photos.

New features including new Auto Creations, one-click subject selection, skin smoothing, new creative patterns and quickly removing unwanted objects.

Layered images, reducing camera shake or haze, removing imperfections, creating impressive text, removing red-eye, and more.

 

Photoshop Elements Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts in easy steps – 2020 edition not only covers the latest version of the software: it can also be used with earlier versions too. It has something for everyone: an in depth introduction for new users, and a range of options for those who want to take their photo-editing to the next level. Throughout, there are over a thousand tips and handy hints so that you will feel like an Elements expert in no time.

Covers versions for both PC and Mac users.

 

By Nick Vandome
£5.99 PDF

(+VAT where applicable)

Publication date: April 23rd, 2020
Pages: 192

 

New release: Digital Marketing for Businesses in easy steps – ebook (PDF) version

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Available from our online shop now – £8.99 + VAT

 

The essential steps you need to take to set your digital strategy and get it right first time.

Nowadays, just having a website or an app is not enough. Potential customers aren’t going to stumble across you by accident – you need to employ digital marketing tools and techniques to help them find you and keep you front of mind, and have them coming back again and again.

Marketing your products and services online doesn’t have to cost the earth. Lots of digital marketing activities can be done for free, or very little, and are very effective. You may also save costs for advertising in magazines, and creating, printing, and distributing brochures. Furthermore, there are no geographical boundaries on the internet – you can target customers around the globe.

Digital marketing for businesses in easy steps guides you through the essential steps you need to take to set your digital strategy and get it right first time. It covers all the key digital marketing channels you should consider deploying to generate a larger, stronger, and a more loyal customer base.  It covers:

  • The fundamentals of digital marketing.
  • Getting more from your website and getting your “digital house in order”.
  • The social network sites where your customers are most likely to be active: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
  • The art of blogging to get customer loyalty.
  • How to create and launch a powerful content marketing strategy.
  • How to use search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO) to ensure customers find you and buy from you.
  • How to measure and optimize the effectiveness of your digital marketing.

Get started with your digital marketing strategy now with Digital marketing for businesses in easy steps, and use the new technology to reap the rewards for your business!

By Jon Smith

£8.99 PDF (+VAT where applicable)

Pages: 288

Published: April 14th, 2020

Raspberry Pi being used to make ventilators to fight COVID-19

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Isn’t this great! Raspberry Pi and easy-to-source parts are being used to make ventilators to fight COVID-19. More information from the BBC here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive programmable credit-card sized computer that has a wide variety of uses – games, websites, music, robots, digital art, to name but a few.  Find out more from the Raspberry Pi Foundation here.

 

Fancy having a go yourself? Get Raspberry Pi 3 in easy steps (£10.99, but currently with 30% discount – enter 30APR20 in the coupon code box at the checkout) and make the most of your lockdown time.

Who knows, you might invent something that could save lives too!

 

 

 

Keep children indoors, entertained for hours and learning at the same time, for around a fiver… 

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Let the QuestKids teach kids how to create their own website – in easy steps! For children aged 7+.

 

Who are The QuestKids?

Dan Devices and Tiffany Tech are the best of friends, and an amazing team who love to explore and help each other whenever they can. Dan adores devices; Tiff loves tech, and both are on a constant quest to learn new things and look for fun and adventure in everything they do. The friends are joined by their pets, Smuffy and Chew-Chew, who help them out in their own special way. Together, they are The QuestKids!

About the book

Using a great storyline and delightful images, Create Your First Website in easy steps will teach key aspects of building a website. Join the gang at Earth’s most famous space centre, and follow their quest to design a website to power a new planet.

Along the way children will learn how to:

  • Master HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) basics:
    • Page Titles
    • Page Headings
    • Paragraphs
    • Links
    • Lists
    • Images
    • Tables
    • Page Structure
    • Navigation
    • Styling
  • Build their new website. Children will only need a computer or a laptop, a text editor, a web browser, and an internet connection.

A supporting website (www.thequestkids.com) provides them with downloadable resources (to follow) and additional interactive learning. The coding steps are shown in the familiar In Easy Steps style, and presented in child-friendly language. By the end of the book, children will have a fully-functional website and a great book to refer back to for future projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

  • Getting Started
  • Viewing Your Webpage
  • Editing Your Webpage
  • Heading and Page Titles
  • Paragraphs
  • Images
  • Tables
  • Lists
  • Links
  • Page Structure
  • Navigation
  • Styling
  • Final Source Code

 

ISBN: 978-1-84078-819-8

£6.99

Pages: 72 (295 x 228 mm)

Publication: April 30th, 2018

 

Buy the print version here. (Currently 30% discount off print books – enter 30APR20 in the coupon code box at the checkout.)

Buy the ebook PDF version here.

 

New release: Smartphone Photography in easy steps

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Available NOW from our online shop for the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

Smartphone cameras have evolved from being useful for taking quick snapshots, to being powerful and sophisticated devices that, for many people, have replaced the need to use a separate camera. It is now possible to take high-quality photos, edit them and then share them in a variety of ways, all from your smartphone.

Smartphone Photography in easy steps looks at all aspects of using your smartphone or tablet as a one-stop shop for all of your photographic needs. These include:

  • Showing the functions and controls of smartphone cameras, so that you get the most of the available options.
  • Using basic techniques so that you can feel confident using your smartphone camera in any photographic situation.
  • Showing how to get the best compositions for your photos.
  • Looking at lighting conditions to help take your photos to the next level.
  • Becoming a portrait expert when taking photos of family and friends.
  • Getting the best photos of the environment around you, including buildings and landscapes.
  • Looking at the range of photo editing apps that are available for editing photos on smartphones and tablets.
  • Showing the basic editing tips to improve your photos in a few taps.
  • Detailing the range of options for improving the exposure and colours in your photos.
  • Using creative techniques to give your photos a sense of fun and style.
  • Showing how to share your photos in a variety of ways, such as directly to social media sites, and also printing them out at home with wireless printing.

Smartphone Photography in easy steps reveals the exciting world of taking photos with your smartphone, and shows how to enhance them so that you can create memories of which you can be proud.

ISBN: 9781840789010
192 pages
By: Nick Vandome

New release: JavaScript in easy steps, 6th edition

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JavaScript in easy steps, 6th edition instructs the user how to create exciting web pages that employ the power of JavaScript to provide functionality. You need have no previous knowledge of any scripting language so it’s ideal for the newcomer to JavaScript. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of JavaScript and be able to add exciting dynamic scripts to your own web pages.

JavaScript in easy steps, 6th edition begins by explaining how to easily incorporate JavaScript code in an HTML document. Examples demonstrate how to use built-in JavaScript functions to work with Math, date and time, random numbers, cookies, text strings, and elements of web pages via the Document Object Model (DOM). You will learn how JavaScript is used with HTML submission forms and how JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) is used for asynchronous browser-server communication. The book examples provide clear syntax-highlighted code showing how to create behaviours for an HTML document to endow components with interactive functionality, to illustrate each aspect of JavaScript.

JavaScript in easy steps, 6th edition has an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone who wants to add functionality to their web pages. It will appeal to programmers who want to quickly add JavaScript to their skills set, and to the student who is studying website design at school or college, and to those seeking a career in web development who need an understanding of client-side scripting.

 

Fully updated since the previous edition, which was published in 2013.

 

ISBN: 9781840788778

Pages: 192

By: Mike McGrath

New releases: Two new books in the “100 Tips” series

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100 Top Tips – Create Your Smart Home to Stay Safe and Save Money contains tips covering all aspects of setting up and using smart home devices securely. These include:

  • Setting up your home so that it is ready to be transformed into a smart home
  • Ensuring that your home is flexible enough so that you have alternatives if smart devices do not work properly
  • Using smart speakers (digital voice assistants) to create a digital companion in your home
  • Linking smart speakers to your smart home devices so that they can communicate with each other
  • Deploying smart lighting to take the ultimate control over the lighting systems in your home
  • Installing smart heating to control your central heating and save money
  • Making your home more secure with a range of smart security devices
  • Cutting down the time spent on domestic chores by using devices such as robotic lawnmowers and robotic vacuum cleaners
  • Enhancing entertainment options with robots and artificial intelligence (AI) devices
  • Addressing security issues with smart home devices, to prevent other people gaining access to your smart home

108 pages
Notebook-style format: 180 x 100 mm
ISBN: 9781840788693

 

 

 

 

 

100 Top Tips – Microsoft Excel will help you boost your productivity and get more value from your spreadsheets with this powerful book of tips. It showcases:

  • time-saving features (including data entry shortcuts)
  • powerful functions for processing text and numbers
  • insightful data analysis features, including pivot tables and what-if analysis.

You’ll also discover how to use graphs, debug formulas, and print everything out cleanly. Whether you’ve been using Excel for years and never gone beyond the basics, or are just entering the world of spreadsheets, this book will quickly supercharge your skills.

As you would expect from the In Easy Steps brand the book is written in an approachable style with step by step instructions provided for many of the tips, and full colour screenshots guiding you through the processes.

108 pages
Notebook-style format: 180 x 100 mm
ISBN: 9781840788792

New release: CSS in easy steps, 4th edition

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Shows you how to create exciting web pages using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for presentation and dynamic effect.

CSS in easy steps, 4th edition begins by explaining how Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) can determine the presentation of elements within HTML documents. Examples show how style sheet rules can control content position and appearance, and provide dynamic effects with animation, transformations, and transitions. You will also learn how to design responsive web pages that look great viewed on any device. Each chapter builds your knowledge of style sheets. By the end of this book you will have gained a sound understanding of CSS and be able to create your own exciting interactive web pages.

  • Complete color-coded examples illustrate each aspect, and full-color screenshots depict the actual output. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to create your own exciting interactive web pages. Use the free downloadable
  • Presented in an easy-to-follow style that will appeal to anyone who wants to begin creating stylish web pages, including programmers who want to quickly learn the latest style sheet techniques, the student who is studying website design at school or college, and those seeking a career in web development who need a thorough understanding of CSS.

 

Table of Contents:

  • Get Started in CSS
  • Manage the Box Model
  • Manipulate Text Content
  • Organize Tables & Lists
  • Generate Effects
  • Control the Web Page
  • Import & Script Style Sheets
  • Design with Grids
  • Design for Devices

 

By: Mike McGrath

ISBN: 9781840788754

Pages: 192

 

 

New release: Scratch Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition

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Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

Create your own games, animations, music, art or applications. The perfect way to learn programming!

This second edition is fully updated for Scratch 3.0; the latest version of Scratch. Includes examples of using the micro:bit to control Scratch projects and using text-to-speech to speak aloud – new features in Scratch 3.0.

The Scratch programming language is widely used in schools and on the Raspberry Pi. Its drag-and-drop commands make it an ideal language for all ages to learn to program. And this popular book, Scratch Programming in easy steps, now fully updated for Scratch 3, is packed with ideas and games that illustrate what’s possible with Scratch.

Scratch makes it easy to create your own games, animations, music, art or applications. It’s the perfect way to learn programming because it takes away a lot of the complexity. That means you can focus on having great ideas and bringing them to life. With Scratch Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition as your companion, you’ll learn how to:

  • Build games that require skill, knowledge or quick fingers
  • Add music
  • Create eye-catching visual effects
  • Keep score
  • Avoid common pitfalls and learn how to fix bugs

Scratch Programming in easy steps, 2nd edition will help you to get creative and become a super Scratcher!

 

By: Sean McManus
ISBN:978-1-84078-859-4
Pages: 216
Publication: December 16th, 2019

New release: Windows 10 in easy steps, 5th edition

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Available NOW from our online shop!

Special launch price only £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

Ideal for those wanting to get a grip quickly on Windows 10, and to get the most out of it.

Updated for the November 2019 Update

Windows 10 in easy steps, 5th Edition provides full-colour and comprehensive coverage of the latest Windows operating system and shows how to get the most out of it, whether you are using a desktop computer or a mobile device. It details the new features and shows how these integrate with the more traditional elements of the operating system, including:

  • Upgrading to Windows 10 and personalizing it for your needs.
  • Getting to grips with the Windows 10 interface, navigating with the Start menu, the Start button, and the Taskbar.
  • Customizing the live tiles feature, so that you can create your own look and feel.
  • Accessing and downloading apps, and how to work with them and organize them.
  • Working with files and folders, and using OneDrive for free storage and sharing files.
  • Using Cortana, the Personal Digital Assistant, to search your computer or the web or to perform actions like opening apps or documents.
  • Getting online with the web browser, Microsoft Edge, and keeping in touch by email and Skype.
  • Perfecting photos, viewing movies, and playing music and games.

It also covers the new features in the November 2019 Update, including:

  • An updated Start menu.
  • A new Light Theme to give the elements of Windows 10 a crisper look and feel.
  • A greater range of options for how updates in Windows 10 are handled, giving you more control over the update process.
  • It is now possible to uninstall a greater range of the built-in Windows 10 apps, if required.
  • The Search box and the button for Cortana have been separated on the Taskbar.
  • User accounts can be created so that they can be unlocked without a password, but are just as secure.

Windows 10 is one of the most significant upgrades in Microsoft’s history and Windows 10 in easy steps, 5th Edition is ideal for newbies and for those wanting to quickly grasp the essentials in the November 2019 Update.

by Nick Vandome

Pages: 240
Publication: November 2019
ISBN: 9781840788921

New release: macOS Catalina in easy steps

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For Mac newbies, and those upgrading. Learn to use the Finder, personalize your Desktop, and use Siri to carry out tasks for you. Get to grips with the built-in apps, iCloud and Family Sharing – and more!

macOS Catalina in easy steps covers the latest operating system that runs the sophisticated Mac desktop and laptop computers. This concise guide will get you up and running in no time, and then it’ll take you through the key features to help you use your Mac to do more.  It covers:

  • Multi-Touch navigation options for getting around in macOS Catalina.
  • Working with and managing your apps.
  • Productivity tools on your Mac.
  • Getting online with Safari, Mail and FaceTime.
  • Enjoying a digital lifestyle with photos, music, TV shows, books, games, podcasts, and more.
  • The invaluable iCloud function for backing up, sharing and continuing from different devices.
  • Using Siri, Dynamic Desktop and Dark Mode to make things even easier.
  • Keeping your Mac working smoothly.

Get more out of your Mac, Mac mini, Mac Pro or MacBook with minimum time and effort!

 

By: Nick Vandome
Pages: 192
Publication: November 2019
ISBN: 9781840788648

New release: Sage Accounts in easy steps

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For non-accountants using Sage Accounts for the first time, or those just needing to grasp the new key features.

Illustrated using Sage 50cloud Accounts

Sage Accounts is the UK’s market-leading accounts software. It lets you manage your day-to-day finances, customers, suppliers and VAT and keeps your finger on the pulse of your business.

Sage Accounts in easy steps uses detailed images and easy-to-follow instructions, showing you how to quickly get to grips with the new features of this leading accounts software. This definitive guide clarifies everything from basic recording keeping to utilising Sage as an information-bank for making crucial business decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Areas covered include:

  • setting up Sage, entering debtors and creditors
  • producing purchase/sales orders and invoices
  • bank account reconciliation
  • stock management, including Bill of Materials
  • important month and year end procedures
  • processing the VAT return and e-Submission
  • generating invaluable management reports

Sage Accounts in easy steps is ideal for non-accountants using Sage Accounts for the first time, or those just needing to grasp the new key features – all in easy steps!

Covers Cloud and desktop versions.

 

Pages: 192
Publication: November 2019
ISBN: 978-1-84078-865-5

New release: Ukulele for Beginners in easy steps ebook

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Ukulele for Beginners in easy steps shows the reader everything they need to know to get started playing a ukulele, including:

  • Choosing, buying, tuning, and looking after a ukulele.
  • Learning chords and how to read chord charts.
  • Writing and reading tablature, and basic music reading.
  • Strumming patterns and fingerpicking techniques.
  • Scales and practising.
  • Understanding different musical styles.
  • Writing songs.
  • How to find a teacher and groups to join to take playing further.

Includes over 30 exercises to develop the reader’s playing, and over 40 pieces of music to practice with.

Ideal for the novice musician!

 

 

 

 

 

Ebook only – also available from Amazon Kindle Store, Apple Books, Google Play Books, Kobo and Nook.

168 pages

ISBN: 9781840788945

By Lindsay Higgs

New releases: iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 9th edition & iPhone for Seniors in easy steps, 6th edition

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Available NOW from our online shop – updates to two of our most popular titles. Get them now at the special launch price of only £7.99 each (RRP £10.99 each):

 

 

iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 9th edition gives you all the essential information you need to know to make the most out of your iPad:

  • Choose the right model for you
  • Navigate around with Multi-Touch gestures
  • Master Settings and apps to stay organized
  • Find, download and explore exciting apps
  • Use your iPad to make travelling stress-free
  • Email, share photos and video chat for free
  • Access and share your music, books and videos
  • Stay in touch with family members
  • Access your documents from anywhere

A handy guide for any Senior new to the iPad. Presented in larger type for easier reading.

Covers all iPads with iPadOS13.

 

 

 

 

iPhone for Seniors in easy steps, 6th edition covers everything you need to know to keep fully connected. With your iPhone in your pocket you are only ever a couple of taps away from friends and family. Learn how to:

  • Make and receive phone calls
  • Text with the Messages app, including a variety of new fun features including Animojis and Memojis
  • Make video calls with FaceTime
  • Set up and use email accounts
  • Use Settings to customise your iPhone exactly to your style and requirement
  • Use Screen Time to monitor and set limits for using your iPhone.
  • Use Apple Pay on your iPhone to pay securely – no need to carry your wallet all the time
  • Master the newly designed Control Center
  • Explore the entire iTunes Music library, share music, videos, apps, calendars and photos with family members – stay in the loop with children and grandchildren!

Covers all iPhones with iOS 13

 

New iPhones and iPad announced by Apple

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New iPhone and iPad models were among the announcements made at Apple’s September event this week:

 

 

iPhone 11 Pro – with a new triple-camera system and up to five hours more battery life.

iPhone 11 – with a new dual camera, an all-day battery, and tougher glass screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New iPad – with a larger 10.2-inch Retina display, support for the full-size Smart Keyboard and new capabilities of iPadOS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

iOS 13 – the latest operating system for iPhone and iPad, with new Dark Mode and enhancements to the camera, Photos, Maps, Siri and privacy and security.

 

 

 

 

Find out more about the rest of the announcements at the Apple Event here.

 

 

Keep your eye out for our new forthcoming titles, which cover all iPhones and iPads with iOS 13 (or click on the “Please let me know…” link on each book’s product page to be notified by email when the book is available to buy!) – perfect if you’ll be getting or buying a new iPhone or iPad for Christmas!:

 

iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 9th edition – due October 2019

  • Choose the right model for you
  • Navigate around with Multi-Touch gestures
  • Master Settings and apps to stay organized
  • Find, download and explore exciting apps
  • Use your iPad to make travelling stress-free
  • Email, share photos and video chat for free
  • Access and share your music, books and videos
  • Stay in touch with family members
  • Access your documents from anywhere

£10.99/192 pages/9781840788617

 

 

 

iPhone for Seniors in easy steps, 6th edition – due November 2019

  • Make and receive phone calls
  • Text with the Messages app, including a variety of new fun features
  • Make video calls with FaceTime
  • Set up and use email accounts
  • Use Settings to customise your iPhone exactly to your style and requirement
  • Use Apple Pay on your iPhone to pay securely – no need to carry your wallet all the time
  • Master the newly designed Control Center
  • Explore the entire iTunes Music library, share music, videos, apps, calendars and photos with family members – stay in the loop with children and grandchildren!

£10.99/192 pages/9781840788624

 

 

 

New release: Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition, 3rd edition

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Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive, yet concise guide that will walk you through Windows 10 basics so that you’re up and running in no time. Then, in easy steps, it’ll gently guide you through advanced features to help you venture further and get more from Windows 10.

  • Install/upgrade the right Windows 10 release for you
  • Master the new interface, desktop and the Start menu
  • Learn to use the great new features in the latest update
  • Find, download and use key apps for work and for fun
  • Utilize internet and cloud facilities such as OneDrive
  • Enjoy Microsoft Edge, the new innovative web browser
  • Take control of your devices and printers
  • Save time – use the Search feature and Cortana
  • Create and monitor your home network
  • Organize and share your files safely
  • Keep your Windows 10 working smoothly & efficiently
  • Explore Windows Registry, file encryption, PowerShell, and more, all at your own pace

This guide also includes a chapter on troubleshooting so it’ll serve as a key reference point for the future – a great investment for all Windows 10 users!

 

By Mike McGrath
480 pages
ISBN: 9781840788075

New release: Android Phones for Seniors in easy steps, 2nd edition

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Due to the range of versions of Android and models of phones, Android phones can sometimes appear a bit of a maze. However, Android Phones for Seniors in easy steps, 2nd edition provides a clear guide to navigate through the issues and ensure that you can get the most out of your Android phone, whichever version it is.

Android Phones for Seniors in easy steps, 2nd edition starts with a detailed look at the different versions of Android, and the range of models of phones that are available. It also explains the relationship with Google and the services that can be used with an Android phone.

The book looks at using the interface of an Android phone including:

  • Using Home screens
  • Organizing apps
  • Viewing notifications
  • Locking the phone
  • Searching for items
  • Accessing the range of Android settings
  • Syncing with other Android Devices

 

 

The book also covers all aspects of the standard communication functions that are now commonplace on smartphones:

  • Making and receiving calls
  • Making video calls
  • Sending text messages
  • Adding contacts
  • Sending emails
  • Browsing the web

 

By Nick Vandome
192 pages
ISBN: 9781840788747