WINDOWS HELP: Microsoft says Windows XP is a user-friendly operating system. But almost anything Microsoft needs an explanation, which is the aim of Windows XP for Dummies (Hungry Minds, $21.99) by Andy Rathbone. It's also available for electronic download at http://alacarte.hungryminds.com. And in Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft (Free Press, $25), Wall Street Journal reporter David Bank examines the internal debate at the software company during the government's antitrust suit.
A NEW CHAPTER IN E-MAIL:
Plough Publishing is trying a new twist on e-books: e-mailing a chapter a week to readers instead of asking them to download material. The free service started with the book Escape Routes. People can sign up at www.EmailChapters.com.
ALL ABOUT POETRY:
Poetism.com says the Web doesn't give poets and poetry their due, so it started over the summer with links, chatrooms, message boards and other material where poets and readers can gather.