Author: Tom Geller
Publisher: Peachpit Press, 2010
Aimed at: Newcomers to Drupal
Pros: Takes a very simple approach
Cons: Doesn't go very far or very deep
Reviewed by: David Conrad
Drupal is arguably a difficult beast to get into - although once in you can't see what all the fuss is about.
This book offers a step-by-step approach to Drupal 7. It starts off with the usual getting and setting up and as long as you want to use a WAMP or MAMP system you will find it useful. Linux is treated as almost too easy to bother with a step-by-step. Chapter 2 is about basic tasks - creating pages, configuration and using themes. It also covers how to backup you site which is a good thing to do so early. It also shows how to restore and move your site to another location.
Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6 cover content - node types, custom content, interactive content and making content searchable. Chapter 7 is all about managing users - accounts, roles and permission. Chapter 8 deals with customizing Drupal's look with themes and Chapter 9 finishes the book with a description of some of the standard modules you can use with Drupal.
The bottom line is that this book doesn't go very far. It would be suitable for the beginner who didn't know or want to know anything much about HTML/CSS or PHP. This is not to say that there aren't little bits of HTML and CSS but their appearance is minimal. In places the book is too superficial - yes the step-by-steps will work if you are in exactly the right state but should something be even slightly different then you will get stuck without much understanding to get you unstuck.
There is the argument that if you really need a book this simple then you are going to come unstuck very soon because running a web site is no easy matter. However, if you really do need a very simple approach to Drupal 7 then this is a reasonable though not perfect choice.