Second Life: The Official Guide

The folks over at the Hobson and Holtz Report have a released an audio review of the book Second Life: The Official Guide .

Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz make this sound like a great book for librarians wondering whether to take the plunge into Second Life and what to do if they go there. Libraries with patrons who are also residents of SL would probably find this book helpful as well.

It’s really best to go listen to the audio review, but some of things they like best about the book are:

  • The extensive chapters on doing basic things in Second Life, like configuring your appearance.
  • A chapter called “The Grand Tour”, which takes you to all the major places in Second Life. If you can’t catch a tour with Abbey Zenith or another experienced resident, this is the next best thing.
  • Extensive quotes from Residents (users) of Second Life describing how they got involved with SL and just what they spend their time on.

As a librarian, I really enjoyed hearing that both reviewers lamented the lack of a subject index!

According to the book’s WorldCat record, Second Life: The Official Guide has already been picked up by 18 libraries, including:

  • California State University, Chico
  • Sioux City Public Library
  • School of The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Arkansas State University – Jonesboro
  • Syracuse University
  • South Carolina State Library
  • Gulfport Public Library
  • British Library

If they liked, maybe you will too. Listen to the review and find out. And if you leave a comment for Neville or Shel, please tell them that Daniel in Alaska sent you.

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