Time for another review ... IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide

October 3 2010

Image:Time for another review ... IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide

I was asked by Packt Publishing to take a look at one of their newest releases IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 User Guide.

As I read thru the book, the thought that kept coming to mind was "the single most comprehensive resource for any end user of Lotus Notes 8.5" and I mean that. I think this book was written to be very approachable to the end user - either a twenty year veteran user of the product to the newest of users. Karen Hooper does a wonderful job of distilling a large amount of information and presenting it in a digestible format. While slightly different than the 8.5.2 experience I am using myself, I found myself learning things I have missed for many years.

I got a bit disjunctured with the order of covering chat, feeds, and widgets before mail and calendaring, but otherwise the flow is very natural. I also thought the chapter on Lotus Symphony was a bit on the light side - but that is coming from someone who lives and breathes Symphony and should probably write the Packt book (having been the technical reviewer on the Lotus Symphony for Dummies book).

I highly recommend this book. You can read a sample chapter of the book here and follow this link to purchase the book - both electronically and in paper form. Let's just hope we see this on the Amazon Kindle bookstore sometime soon!

Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of the book for review purposes.