This beginner's guide gives you everything you need to begin exploring the electronic universe from your desktop. You can correspond with people all over the world, look up information, shop, join electronic clubs, download free software, and more with the help of this friendly, nontechnical book. Covers modems, communication software, the Internet, commercial online services, bulletin boards, and many other topics. Includes a step-by-step cookbook explaining common online tasks.Best-selling author Alfred Glossbrenner has probably put more people online than any other single individual. Hailed by the New York Times as "The Great Communicator," he is widely known for his 30-some books and numerous articles and columns. In The Little Online Book , he makes going online as easy as dialing the telephone. This lively and informative book comes with a slew of coupons for more than $100 worth of discounts on modems, online subscriptions, and connect time. In this book Glossbrenner shows readers how to get connected and how to choose the online service best suited to their needs. He offers time- and money-saving tricks for using bulletin boards and tips for sending a message via modem to anyone, anywhere on the planet. Plus, he reveals the best reason for going online - the thousands of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and clubs that bring people together from all over the world. He shows how to find them and how to tap into them. Each chapter is short and to the point. The Online Cookbook at the end of the book takes readers by the hand, showing them exactly what steps they need to follow to get to where they want to go. Glossbrenner's deep knowledge, friendly tone, and clear explanations make the foray into the online world lots of fun, as do the humorous line drawings by well-known illustrator and cartoonist John Grimes. Unlike other online books, this one assumes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, and the focus is on accomplishing specific tasks as efficiently as possible.