(fwd) Re: list of *good* books

Subject: (fwd) Re: list of *good* books
From: Connie Winch <CEW -at- MACOLA -dot- USA -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996 08:31:46 -0600

Susan Gallagher wrote

>Responding to Marilynne's list of good books:

>>I also own "Mapping Hypertext" by Robert E. Horn, (to order call
>>1-800-890-7003) 1989. This book is a little odd, but I think a lot of the
>>information and ideas presented are useful to writing in general. This book
>>is put out by the Information Mapping people, but you can buy just the book.
>>
>Never read it, but I probably will now (thanks Marilynne!).

I was going to respond to Marilynne's comment about this book but changed
my mind. Then I saw this response and changed my mind again. If she's
talking about the book I think she is (and I'm pretty sure she is), I had
it as a college textbook a few years ago. I don't think "a little odd"
quite does it justice (I use that term quite loosely!).

I simply can't recommend it for the sole reason that the author tried,
without success in my opinion, to put what should be linear (a hardcopy
book) into a non-linear format to imitate hyptertext. The result, for
myself and my classmates anyways, was confusion and a lack of desire to
ever pick the book up again. Every page had probably a half dozen "jumps"
to other places in the book, and the graphic layout of the book did not
make me want to read any of it, either. For these reasons I remember
probably not one iota of the book's contents; I only remember its poor and
self-defeating design.

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| Connie E. Winch | What is written without |
| Technical Writer | effort is in general |
| Macola Software | read without pleasure. |
| cew -at- macola -dot- usa -dot- com | -Samuel Johnson |
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| Connie E. Winch | What is written without |
| Technical Writer | effort is in general |
| Macola Software | read without pleasure. |
| cew -at- macola -dot- usa -dot- com | -Samuel Johnson |
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