Many computer software books can teach you how to use computer programs, and they are readily available online and in stores. Some are geared toward novice programmers while others aim to teach experienced software users advanced skills that novices don't normally use. To choose the best computer software books, you should consider the book's teaching format, the experience level the book expects you to have and the book's physical or electronic format.
Some books provide an easier-to-read format than others and may include images that walk you through the process of learning a specific computer program. If you are a visual learner and like the structure of step-by-step instructions, the best book for you will be one that visually guides you through using the software and provides explanations for each action taken. In addition to the visual format, you will need to determine how well the book lays out its material. Absolute beginners usually prefer that the material starts with the basics, but more advanced users may prefer a book that mixes basic material with more advanced concepts. If you're not sure about a book's format, you can read user reviews to get a better idea of the book's offerings.
The level of the material is another important factor to consider when you choose computer software books. Some computer software books for absolute beginners aim to cover a limited amount of material that prepares the reader to use a program's basic functions. Although these books may be helpful if you only want to learn the basics, they may not be the best choice if you want a book that provides more value for its cost. The best choice for most users is a book that starts with beginner's material and moves on to intermediate and advanced concepts in an organized manner. Some books may be split into sections to make it easier for various levels of readers to follow.
You also should determine whether you want a physical copy or an electronic version of the book. Many physical books come with bonus disks or website codes that provide video instruction or software training, although some electronic versions are including additional content, as well. If you want to read your book on both an electronic device and in a hard copy format, some major publishers now include a free electronic version on a website or on a compact disc (CD) that comes with a physical book.