I read the PIC microcontroller book by John Iovine and found it very useful. I must comment on the vindictive and false review by the anonymous reader from Chandler, AZ.
Anonymous' statement that the book is just a cataloge for Images Company is false. McGraw-Hill would not jeopardize its reputation by publishing a catalog and promote it as a project book. The author does reference Images Company as anonymous stated, but anonymous fails to mention that Jameco (James), JDR and Radio Shack are referenced as well.
Anonymous' statement "be prepared to pay 600% over..." is misleading. Penny parts (resistors, caps, crystals, etc.) do cost more. A capacitor may cost 14 cents instead of 2 cents, a difference of 12 cents. To use that 12 cents to make a sweeping statement that "just about everything" is 600% more is misleading and unjust. The reality is that all major components outlined in the book, the PICBasic Compiler ($99.95), Epic board ($59.95) and the PIC 16F84 (6.95) cost the same from all distributors, including Images Co.
Nowhere in anonymous' review is any reference to the book's content, which is quite good. Chandler AZ, in desperation to say something derogatory makes a comment on the page copunt. If Chandler AZ is so distressed with John Iovine's books, why does he keep buying them? This is suppose to be an open forum for reader reviews, not a personal vendetta against the author by someone cowardly hiding anonymously behind a facade of honest opinion. The only person left feeling cheated is anyone who puts any worth in Chandler, AZ misleading and flaccid review.