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Google Power Tools comes as close as possible to covering the whole gigantic, sprawling collection of tools, applications, and resources that is Google today.
Ted Coombs and Roderico DeLeon start, of course, with Google's core search features -- and offer dozens of techniques most Google users haven't discovered on their own. For example, you'll learn how to display more results on each page of search results; and how to refine your image searches (including how to make sure you're mostly safe from displaying "inappropriate" images).
Coombs and DeLeon introduce Google's number searches, which let you do everything from tracking UPS packages to displaying data about your automobile. You'll also learn how to use Google's underpublicized "special searches" to drill down more quickly on government-published or technology-related information.
That's only the first section. You'll find chapter-length introductions to Google's controversial book search feature, as well as handy shopping tools (like Google Catalogs). You'll get comfortable with Google's sexy geographical features, Google Maps and Google Earth; target your academic research more effectively with Google Scholar; manage your portfolio with Google Finance.
There's a practical overview of Google's online "Office" tools, and a full section on "communicating Google-style" with Google Talk, Picasa, Google Groups, Google Page Creator, Google Calendar, Gmail, and Blogger. There's up-to-date coverage of Google's handy tools for cell phones and other mobile devices. And, not least, there's a full section on Google's moneymaking tools -- from AdWords and AdSense advertising to Google Analytics, which has brought web analytics to more sites than ever before.
By last count, Google has more than a half billion users: With this book, you'll be among the most productive of them. Bill Camarda, from the April 2007 Read Only