"A very helpful usability manual that doesn't read like a textbook. I read a lot of technical books, and this has to be among my favorites. As of late 2018 the information is still relevant, in case you're wondering, and I don't see it becoming outdated in the next few years (unfortunately--because if the book did become outdated it would mean someone fixed something big in the usability world).
Steve Krug seems like a really nice guy. As a writer, he is NOT the person who will bludgeon you over the head and call you an idiot for not knowing the thing you're reading his work specifically to learn, an unfortunate habit that afflicts many writers of technology books and articles (I'm looking at you, Joel Spolsky). All of the figures and comics peppered into the book include full transcriptions. Nothing seems lost or out of place in the Kindle version either.
If you ever write user interfaces for anything from the Web to native software to even email newsletters with a lot of buttons and links, you should read this book. If you write the user interface for the Kindle review-writing page, you definitely need to read this book, because I can't scroll up or down within this text input."
Lynda, via Amazon.
Steve Krug (pronounced "kroog") is best known as the author of Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, now in its third edition with over 600,000 copies in print. Ten years later, he finally gathered enough energy to write another one: the usability testing handbook Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems. The books were based on the 30+ years he's spent as a usability consultant for a wide variety of clients like Apple, Bloomberg.com, Lexus.com, NPR, the International Monetary Fund, and many others.
His consulting firm, Advanced Common Sense ("just me and a few well-placed mirrors") is based in Chestnut Hill, MA. Steve currently spends most of his time teaching usability workshops, consulting, and watching old episodes of Law and Order.
Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject.
Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and best of all–fun to read.
If you’ve read it before, you’ll rediscover what made Don’t Make Me Think so essential to Web designers and developers around the world. If you’ve never read it, you’ll see why so many people have said it should be required reading for anyone working on Web sites.
“After reading it over a couple of hours and putting its ideas to work for the past five years, I can say it has done more to improve my abilities as a Web designer than any other book.”
–Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing with Web Standards