For Dummies Books: Not Just For Dummies

You name it, and there is a "For Dummies" book to help you with any project or hobby. If you want to learn something quickly, buy a "For Dummies" book on that subject. About nine out of ten people have a "For Dummies" book in their library on some particular subject.

The "For Dummies" is a series of easy to read books of instruction intended to help individuals learn and understand what they didn't know before. The "For Dummies" books are reference books that are not really for dummies. Actually, dummies are those who want to know about something, and they don't try to find out about it. "For Dummies" books are for wise people who know they don't know something, but they seek to learn from those easy to use tutorials.

Can you believe there is a For Dummies book for chewing?
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As of now, there over 2,700 of the "For Dummies" titles that have been published, and more titles will appear in bookstores on other subjects. Combined there are over 200 million books in print. The series are not limited to the English language. The series has been a worldwide success with editions in numerous other languages, and they are popular nationwide.

The "For Dummies" books are easy to spot because every one of them in yellow cover with a logo of a black cartoon figure with an inverted triangular face known as the "Dummies Man."

The reason the "For Dummies" series appeal to most people is because the books are user-friendly. The writing is simple and direct. Bold icons are in the margins to emphasize important passages.

Perhaps you want the information, but you don't want to buy the book for whatever reason. You don't have to buy the book to obtain the same information. You can go online to and get the same information.

Like the books, the website is an easy reference guide. It has the same expert advice and tips that are found in the books. Actually, there are photos and videos showing step-by-step instructions that go along with thousands of subjects.

The website, like the books, is quick and easy and especially good for people who want to see in action how to do a project. There are some interesting how-to videos such as:

  • How to chop an onion
  • How to carve a turkey
  • How to build a compost pile
  • How to clean your dogs' ears
  • How to determine a serving size without measuring

The "For Dummies" series started in 1991 with the software and computer books being first to come forward. Later the series picked up general titles. Today there is a "For Dummies" book for almost everything you can think of.

  • sports
  • games
  • health
  • diet
  • exercising
  • dancing
  • cooking
  • painting
  • decorating
  • foreign languages
  • religion

For Dummies' logo is "Making Everything Easier."

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So, if you want to learn something quickly, order a "For Dummies" book about that subject. If you don't want to spend money on the book, go online and watch a video.

There is no excuse anymore for not knowing how to do something you are interested in doing.

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Miss Capri 5 years ago

" Wow, interesting hub. I'll be checking out their site, maybe there'll be some good tips on IMovie.Chewing for Dummies" Hahahahahaha!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Miss Capri, thanks for being the first one to comment on my article. Yes, there is a For Dummie book for almost everything.


I want to send you an e-mail or fan mail. I need to tell you something, but there is no way to contact you. Apparently, you blocked it from your profile page. E-mail through my profile page and I will e-mail you back.

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Hi Rev.. I have a fibromyalgia for dummies book. I was shocked when I saw it at the store, so I bought it.

I didn't realize how many titles they have on pretty much anything. Interesting though, I guess when you find success you capitalize on it.

Thanks for sharing another great article.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

FaithDream, yes there is a For Dummies book on just about anything. Can you imagine a book on how to chew? profile image 5 years ago

This is hilarious! I never knew Rev there were such obscure titles like the chewing! Thanks for the read!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author, thanks for reading and responding. Yes, it is hilarious that there is a For Dummies book about chewing. There are thousands of other titles, but I chose that one to highlight to give my readers an idea of the wide variety of titles.

CherylLeKane 5 years ago

Thank you revmjm. I will certainly have a look at these books for dummies!

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Johnny Parker 5 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

I never knew there was a website, I guess that makes me the dummy!

Nice hub.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Yes, Johnny, but I won't hold that against you. So now that you know, you can save yourself some money on buying the books. And, you're no dummy because you read my article! Thanks

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Marcella Glenn 5 years ago from PA

I didn't realize there was "For Dummies" book for so many topics.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Marcella, yes there is a For Dummies book on almost every subject imaginable. I am glad you were informed.

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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

You want to know what makes someone a real DUMMY? Spending $20 on a dummy's book and never using it. That would be me. If only I'd known about the website - alack, alas, and woe is me! Thanks for cluing me in. And, BTW, the chewing food book for dummies may be one that more of us need - I'm thinking of people who inhale their food instead of chewing it. (I won't mention my name this time.) Another superlative hub! Way to go!!!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Betty, I have several For Dummies books, but I do use mine. I didn't know about the website until I was doing research for this article. So I will be using that instead of investing $20 in another book. As usual, thanks for reading and responding.

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WGCreates 5 years ago

I've never bought a Dummies book, but I have checked them out of our library a lot. I never knew they had a website. I'm definitely going to bookmark that site. :)


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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

JoAnn, yes there is a website. I have used it already.

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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Revmjm, didn't read your hub right now, but have kept for reference. And wanted to let you know that I watched the new Criminal Minds tonight and that hour went by so fast I couldn't believe it, so, yes, I'm their fan too, and yes, BFF!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

SubRon7, I watched the new Criminal Minds also. I miss Emily Prentiss. I wish somehow the team knew she was still alive so they wouldn't be grieving for her. I have to get to know her replacement. I'm sure after a few episodes, she'll grow on me.

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teresa8go 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

I wonder if they have a book called "Criminal Minds For Dummies"? LOL

I didn't know about the website either so - Thanks! I have bought one or two of the Dummies books on comouter programming. I was disappointed by them. I can't remember why though. Hmmmm.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

teresa8go, there is not a Dummies book for Criminal Minds; however, there is one for forensics:

So you are a fan of Criminal Minds also?

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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Excellent! You expressed the For Dummies (which is really not Dummies - but smart people) so well! Thanks for the info - this is very useful!!!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Treasuresofheaven, thanks for the inspiration to write this article. During a conversation, you mentioned you had bought a For Dummies book. Thanks also for reading and responding. I agree that smart people are the ones who buy the For Dummies books. They are smart enough to know they don't know how do certain things.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Wow 2000 is a lot of books. People should know how to cut onions by now though... lol.

I have to admit the books do simplify things.


Ps. Regarding your poll, I don't own one but always borrow them from the library.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Thanks, Lady E for your remarks. I don't have a Dummie book for SEO but I need one. Can't seem to get a handle on it.

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Dr.Ope 4 years ago

Rev. I did not realize there were so many for dummies books! You have opened my eyes! Vey interesting hub!

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revmjm 4 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Thanks, Dr.Ope for your comment. Yes, there is a "Dummie" book for almost everything.

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