Every time I think there's not much more someone could do with a Firefox book, I end up being wrong. I've found a great new advanced Firefox book... Hacking Firefox by Mel Reyes (published by Wiley).
Part 1 - Basic Hacking: Hacking Firefox Boot Camp; Hacking Around Manually; Hacking Extensions; Hacking Themes and Icons
Part 2 - Hacking Performance, Security, and Banner Ads: Performance Tweaks and Hacks; Hacking Security and Privacy; Hacking Banner Ads, Content, Images, and Cookies
Part 3 - Hacking Menus, Toolbars, and the Status Bar: Hacking Menus; Hacking Toolbars and the Status Bar
Part 4 - Hacking Navigation, Downloads, and Searching: Hacking Navigation and Tab Browsing; Download and Plugin Hacks; Search Hacks
Part 5 - Installation, Automation, Tools, and Tricks: Hacking Installation and Deployment; Backing Up and Managing Your Profile/Settings; Hacking Tools for Web Programmers
Part 6 - Creating Extensions and Themes: Understanding Mozilla Programming; Creating Extensions; Creating Themes
One of the main strengths of Firefox over IE is its extensibility and ability to customize the browser experience. Using the about:config URL in Firefox, you have an incredible amount of options listed out and open to alteration. Hacking Firefox doesn't bother with teaching you how to use the browser. The assumption is that you already know the basics. This simple little thing helps the book keep a tight focus and makes sure the target audience gets full value. The author strikes the perfect balance between uncovering the guts of Firefox and making the information accessible to the reader. These aren't completely esoteric hacks that you'd never want to do. For instance, I've been a bit frustrated over being restricted to a couple of downloads at a time when pulling down files. I changed that registry setting in IE a long time ago, but I wasn't sure where it was in Firefox. In the Performance hacks chapter, I found that setting as well as a number of other ones to tweak to get better download performance. I can already notice the difference. Very nice stuff...
It's probably not the book you want to get if you're just wanting to know how to use Firefox. It's *definitely* not the book to give to Uncle Joe to get him to move off IE so you don't have to remove viruses every other week. But if you've already made the switch and you like what you see, this is a must-read book to take your Firefox browsing to the next level. A recommended read...