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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by syntax_error, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. syntax_error

    syntax_error Bit Poster

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    I've been searching the Internet all day for mcse books I took Jakamoko's advice and checked out sybex and mspress I'm not 100% sure on the rules advertising on these boards so I didn't post the links of the shops where I found these books (is ok to link shops where to buy cheap books ? ) I found 3 decent bundles for 210 215 216 217 they were;

    Exam Cram2 £53
    Sybex version2 (with CD's) £79
    Microsoft £98

    I have a few questions as I have never bought a book in my life :oops:

    If I buy from the states will I have to pay tax as these prices only included shipping.

    Money unfortunately is a issue if I was to get Microsoft bundle I would have to buy them indivualy and over time. I could stretch to the sybex bundle just have to have egg and chips a few nights this week :lol:

    How do sybrex/Microsoft books read, are they hard going ? I read one of the old versions of the exam cram 215 book it was ok but doesn't go into much detail so I would assume these better closer the exam ? hence the name exam cram :rolleyes:

    Last thing is do you know where I can get these books cheaper ? Could send me a PM if not able to post it on the boards.

    Thx in advance guys
     
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  2. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    You can advertise to places that will help other on the board. I buy my books from www.amazon.co.uk, www.compman.co.uk and an American book shop http://www.superbookdeals.com/cgi-bin/home.cgi. I find that buy from superbookdeals usually is cheaper even though they ship from America. Just put the amount in a currency converter online and it usually ends up being a lot cheaper.

    As for the books I personally bought the Microsoft Core Book Package. It's more expensive that Sybex but they produce the MCSE exams so I went off the idea that they must know what they are talking about. Saying that I like Sybex I think they produce good training books (A+ & Network+). I haven't read the MCSE books but have been told that the Microsoft ones can be a bit dry but are probably the best MCSE books to learn from. What I do when buying a book is to log onto www.amazon.com and look at the book, usually people leave reviews which gives a rough indication of whether a book is any good or not.

    Hope this helps...:D
     
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  3. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    just to let you know syntax_error, you can get the Microsoft books for roughly £69 from http://www.superbookdeals.com/cgi-bin/home.cgi ISBN: 0735619530. I did a quick currency conversion. It can take upto 4 weeks to be delivered though mine have always taken around 2-3 weeks.
     
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  4. Phoenix
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    I'd have to say the Sybex and Que (Exam Cram and Exam Training Guide series) books are FAR better than the MS press ones, they are easier to read and i feel alot better written, i've hardly touched my 110 quid MSPress kit after reading through them, i'm now using Sybex and Que books
     
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  5. AJ

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    I would highly recommend www.compman.co.uk


    I havebought from them in the past and found them very competitive pricewise and the books were delivered the same week. :biggrin
     
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  6. Jonesos

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    Over the years I have too have found that Sybex are much easier to read than MS. The way Microsoft presents their books is so dry that I read it whenever I have insomnia.

    My vote is for Sybex.

    Mike
     
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