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Published July 27, 2003

PHOTO TO SPECIFICS: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers (New Riders, $39.99, 358 pp) by Scott Kelby, editor in chief of Photoshop User magazine in Oldsmar, gets into the nitty-gritty of dealing with the high-end photo editing software. Instead of generalities, Kelby gets specific on how to use the program well, including detailed recommendations for various techniques.

SUMMER READING: Your kids still have some time to go on their summer vacations. But there's no reason to let boredom reign. The Education World Web site has compiled a list of summer reading links ( that should be useful for students, parents and teachers.

HALBERSTAM ONLINE: Historian/journalist David Halberstam once again is on the bestseller list, withThe Teammates. It's the story of baseball players Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr when they were Boston Red Sox teammates in the 1940s. Learn more about Halberstam and his writings online at sites such as, and

THE BOSS IS WATCHING: Software to monitor what employees are doing on a company's PCs has been around for years. And it has raised numerous questions about privacy and workers' rights. The Naked Employee: How Technology is Compromising Workplace Privacy (Amacom, $24.95, 288 pp) by Frederick S. Lane III explores the techniques used by employers, as well as safeguards employees can take.

- Dave Gussow is the Times personal technology editor.

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