Even though the library’s digital book service Safari Books Online hasn’t been at the forefront of my pleasure reading (no page-turning fiction to be found here!), I thought I’d take a look through it the other day — maybe there would be SOMETHING in it for me. I immediately liked that you don’t have to download any software to use it, and you don’t have to check the books out. You just go to the site, put in your card number and PIN, and read the book on the screen. Easy.
But the topics— not so easy looking! Databases, hardware, IT management — forget those. I clicked on E-Commerce, thinking of shopping online… And on the first page, there it was: The Manga Guide to Calculus. WHAT? Of course I had to read more — and it’s amazing! Here’s the story line (yes, it has a story line): “Noriko is just getting started as a junior reporter for the Asagake Times. She wants to cover the hard-hitting issues, like world affairs and politics, but does she have the smarts for it? Thankfully, her overbearing and math-minded boss, Mr. Seki, is here to teach her how to analyze her stories with a mathematical eye. In The Manga Guide to Calculus , you’ll follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors.”
Even if I didn’t want to learn the calculus (which I didn’t), it was fascinating just to see how they presented it using manga characters and art. Not only that, but there are five more titles in the Manga Guides series! Molecular Biology, anyone?