Exploring New Terrain from
In the current age of information overload, its no wonder that you may be confused by all the conflicting stories in the media that appear to apply to you. The Practical Guide to Practically Everything by Peter W. Bernstein and Christopher Ma is a one-volume personal library that offers a better way of getting the facts you need to live safely, easily, inexpensively, and enjoyably in such complicated times. The book simplifies practically everything.
The complexity of every day life is even greater online. Online, the information traffic has been rerouted through your living room; the cacophony of sites, articles, facts, discussion groups, advertising and advice makes it impossible to get the accurate information you need, when you need it. No longer.
What the book does for practically everything, The Practical Guide Online does for Health and Travel. Of course, this is more than a book. This is an information booth, a living, breathing book. The site will grow and improve as it is used by the people who need the information and those who have the information. With plenty of links to other expert areas in the specific fields, an "Expert Sources" discussion forum, and tips from you--the users--about travel and health, the online Practical Guide will become a practical "Encyclomedia" to health and travel.
Not even Bernstein and Ma know everything. When they have a question, they just call up the experts, like Florence Griffith-Joyner of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports or Dr. Randolph Catlin of Harvard Mental Health Services. For a few months after the book was published electronically, many of these same experts were available to answer your questions from inside the site.
The professionals are no longer available, but with the use of the new Health and Travel Forums you and your fellow readers, the everyday experts, will be able to add insights and tips to the information contained in this book. There is no better expert on New York than a New Yorker. No one knows more about pregnancy than a pregnant woman. When it comes to Health and Travel, we all have our areas of expertise. Your tips will be posted in the forums and added to our collection of living footnotes, and thus the site will grow in the hands of the expert readers. The book might also grow. Anything posted might end up being published in the next version of the paper book, with credit given to the online author. Christopher Ma and Peter Bernstein, the authors of the book, will be watching for "Expert Tips" from you. In this way, the online site will feed the book as the book has fed the online site.
Since the web site only addresses travel and health at this time, in order to find the same level of expertise in other fields, such as Money, Careers, House and Garden, Sexuality, Autos, Education, Sports, Entertainment, The U.S.A., The World, and Facts For Life, you might want to buy the book. You can do this online with a credit card, over the phone, or at your local bookseller.
The Practical Guide To Practically Everything by Christopher Ma and Peter Bernstein is the result of culling experts in every field to guide the reader. The Practical Guide Online hopes to do the same thing by culling experts, user tips, and constantly updated information so that it will be the ultimate annual, online or anywhere. In order to accomplish this, we rely on input from the users; your questions, responses, suggestions, tips, and participation will help us form the site so that it can be the resource that we want it to be.