Electronic Life
Published in 1983 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
209 pages.

In the early 80's the computer began to take on a more important role in business, in education and in the home. The primary obstacle between computer manufacturer and user was language. People thought computers were too complicated and of benefit only to those specially trained in its use. Words that have now become part of our vernacular like "hard drive," "floppy disk" and "application" appeared to be a foreign language. Michael Crichton saw the need for an easy-to- understand guide explaining the new world of computers to "regular people." Electronic Life was created as a layman's guide to computers. It explained simply, concisely and without jargon what computers really are, how to choose them, how to use them, how to think about them, how to live with them, how to get them to help you, how to keep them in their place, how to enjoy the, It described step-by-step instructions on what to do when you first approach a new computer to sound advice on how to stop your computer from causing trouble in the family. His message: Don't be afraid of them, they're only machines, they're here to make your life easier, and, what's more, they can be a lot of fun.

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