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Reviews of Recent Writings - the Information Broker's Handbo

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Reviews of Recent Writings - the Information Broker's Handbo

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This column takes a critical view of the publications intended for ONLINE readers. With the explosion in printed and nonprint materials pertinent to the online industry/profession and the implosion of book and periodical budgets, the need for such critical reviews is necessary.

Please note that reviewers are identified at the end of each review and may be contacted c/o HARDCOPY, Online Inc., 462 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897-2126.

Rugge, Sue and Alfred Glossbrenner. The Information Broker's Handbook. Foreword by Reva Basch. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Windcrest/McGraw-Hill, 1992. 379pp. (Includes disk)

The Information Broker's Handbook has 20 chapters, divided into four parts: 1) The Information Business, 2) Fundamental Tools and Techniques, 3) Electronic Options and Alternatives, and 4) The Business Side of Information Brokering.

These four parts are followed by six appendices, three of which are printed in the book, and three of which are on a disk tucked inside the book's back cover. (Included is a 5.25" DOS disk. Alternative formats are available.) Disk appendices include "The Information Broker's Bookshelf" (bibliography), "Contact Points" (online systems, organizations, associations, and trade shows), and details about AIIP, the Association for Independent Information Professionals.

Two appendices ("Essential Software: Glossbrenner's Choice Shareware" and details about Sue Rugge's "The Information Broker's Seminar") appear in print, as well as on the disk. The last appendix explains how to install and use the disk.

The disk also contains a downloadable variety of forms and many samples of letters, contracts and reports that the authors think might be useful to practicing information brokers. There is a special surprise bonus section on the disk, "How to set up your office: a personal view."

The back-of-the-book index, apparently computer-generated, covers material in the print book only and does not address the extremely useful material on the disk. I like this book, I admire the wealth of experience represented by its two authors. I am impressed. The authors do what they say they will do: tell us "everything you need to be successful. …

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