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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Booking Through Thursday - May 15

Following up last week’s question about reading writing/grammar guides, this week, we’re expanding the question….

Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?

Do you ever read manuals?

How-to books?

Self-help guides?

Anything at all?


I guess it partly depends on what you consider a "manual" -- if it means the pictures of how to hook up something with a lot of wires or how to assemble a bookcase, then yes. But if it means the detailed book that comes with stuff, generally no, unless something goes wrong (although I might skim the parts of how to program something, such as when I got my Sirius radio receiver).

I don't really go in for how-to books. I have a couple of gardening books but I've never cracked them. As for self-help guides, I've read a couple of financial ones, but most others I find too banal.

4 comments:

Chris said...

Most of us have the same feelings on this one.

Stephanie said...

I agree! Not my thing. Especially self-help books!

Stephanie said...

As a side note, I really wish I could find the manual on my car stereo. I still can't change the time on it!!

Tammy said...

Steph, have you tried looking for the manual on the company's website? I've had to do that many a time when the hardcopy has been lost/thrown out.