The Journal’s library cart: write a review, keep the book

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A couple months ago we launched our book-for-a-review deal, and the idea was a success. We handed out the books within a day, and we’ve published several excellent reviews.

We have another batch of books ready to go, and the rules are simple. First come, first serve. We will hold a book for three days; you must pick it up at our offices at 31 E. Platte. You submit a review within 60 days. You keep the book.

The following books from Prentice Hall/Financial Times are available:

The Fast Track to Profit: An Insider’s Guide to Exploiting the World’s Best Internet Technologies By Lee G. Caldwell

The Fast Track to Profit gives managers an up-to-the-minute briefing for using Internet technologies for profit – and realistic, specific techniques for turning promises into cold, hard cash. The book promises ways to lower Internet cost, and generate profitable relationships.

Managing IT As An Investment: Partnering for Success

By Ken Moskowitz and Harris Kern

Authors say the effective use of technology is key to the success of every business, but that 70 percent of IT organizations are still viewed as cost centers, not value centers. The authors claim the book will reveal how leaders can change that perception.

The Knowledge Management Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Building a Knowledge Management System

By Amrit Tiwana

This book offers hands-on techniques and tools for making KM happen at your company, and includes a diskette with a passel of programs from SmartDraw to BrainForest for the PalmPilot.

The Essential Guide to Networking

By Jim Keogh

If you need a briefing on how network systems and the Internet work, and you want it in a non-technical, easily understandable manner, this book might help. Keogh pledges to explain all of today’s hottest networking technologies, and to help you make sense of the fast-changing networking industry.

NetSOURCING: Renting Business Applications and Services Over a Network

By Thomas Kern, Mary Cecelia Lacity and Leslie P. Willcocks

NetSOURCING is the practice of renting, or “paying as you sue” access to supplier-managed business applications, made available to multiple customers over the Internet or other networks. Authors promise to unravel the complicated infrastructure costs and help develop flexible solutions with a minimum of switching costs. The book also examines the possible downside to netsourcing, which can lead to costly solutions.

The following book is published by Grendel Press, Loveland, Colorado:

A Man’s Place in the Kitchen

By Scott Avery

In this thin, but practical cookbook, Avery, a self-styled “kitchen guru” explains that he grew addicted to food shortly after birth. His addiction was well served, however, with the time he spent working in restaurant kitchens while waiting for his star to rise in Hollywood. We’re not sure what happened to the acting career, but Avery rose to the highest ranks in restaurant cookery. The recipes here are practical, mostly easy to make, and we’ll have to take his word for it, tasty.