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The authors of ACCOUNTING, 24e, understand that you need to find important information quickly. This textbook uses an integrated learning system to help you complete homework and lead you to accounting mastery. Built on the authors' proven approach,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful


5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Accounting 1 book, too expensive though in my opinion, April 1, 2012



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Currently taking Accounting 1 as I am a marketing major, and this book very clearly explains accounting. I really enjoy the way the book is formatted. The graphics/ diagrams/ charts are all incredibly helpful. If I don't understand what my teacher is trying to say, or if I briefly forget the material taught in class when doing my homework, i have no problem turning to my book for help. My only complaint was that this book was incredibly hard for me, my peers, and my teacher to find used or at a discounted price.


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3.0 out of 5 stars
A mixed review for this textbook, December 18, 2011



This review is from: Accounting (Hardcover)


The book is well organized however is lacking in its explanations at times. One instance of an explanation that leaves more to be desired involves T accounts in chapter two. I found that there needed to be an extra step of reasoning in the explanation.

Another complaint I have is how they used the word "capital" in chapter 1. First they describe capital as the owner's equity for a sole proprietorship. I have no problem with that as that is the definition I read in other places.

However then they describe the owner's equity as capital plus fees earned minus expenses. Again as I mentioned earlier capital is the owner's equity; my issue is they use capital later on as a component of the owner's equity since they said the equity was capital plus or minus other things.

I give this book three stars; its merits are the visual layout and organization. The drawbacks are 1) the lack of better explanations at times leaving me to figure things out for myself 2) their use of capital as mentioned above.


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1.0 out of 5 stars
International SUCKS!, October 17, 2012



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The international edition is not 100% the same! Its not even the hardcover! The pics are the same but the problems differ from the USA edition! Causing trouble with the class!Please double, triple cheak what people are selling you! ITS NOT THE SAME!


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Accounting Made Simple: Accounting Explained in 100 Pages or Less


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Find all of the following explained in Plain-English with no technical jargon:
The Accounting Equation and why it's so significantHow to read and prepare financial statementsHow to calculate and interpret several different financ
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful


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The best book on Accounting!!, December 7, 2011



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I took an accounting class last year and shamefully failed! I just could not understand the basic concepts to get from chapter to chapter. College Accounting classes for some reason expect you to have some basic understanding but I didn't and I'm sure there are many like me. So I bought this and other book to see if it would help. So far this is the only book that I understand. And everything seems to make sense to me now. I would recommend this book to anyone who's planning on taking an accounting course for the first time. I plan on retaking the class and now I feel confident going back in. THANK YOU MR.PIPER!!!


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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful


5.0 out of 5 stars
Less than four hour read to understand accounting, March 1, 2011



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I bought this book because I needed a review of accounting for my business. It does what it claims -- explains accounting in just a few hours. Well written and easy to understand.

The Table of Contents includes:

1 - Accounting Equation
2 - Balance Sheet
3 - Income Statement
4 - Statement of Retained Earnings
5 - Cash Flow Statement
6 - Financial Ratios
7 - What is GAAP?
8 - Debits and Credits
9 - Cash vs. Accrual
10 - Other GAAP Concepts & Assumptions
11 - Depreciation of Fixed Assets
12 - Amortization of Intangible Assets
13 - Inventory & CoGS


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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful


5.0 out of 5 stars
Quick, Informative and Well Written, February 20, 2009



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This book gives you a quick tour of the ins and outs of accounting. Great introduction on the basics and keeps it simple. Short enough to be read in a day. I highly recommend this to any one looking for a crash course in accounting.


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The Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade Stand


The Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade Stand
The Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade Stand

"Fantastic Learning Tool...Don't let this book title fool you. It is not an oversimplification of accounting and financial principles. It is, however, a serious and very effective examination of a very small but progressively complex business. There
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful


5.0 out of 5 stars
Much better than I was expecting, This book should give you an overall "Big Picture" of accounting., May 30, 2011





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I bought this book because I am a student and I will be taking Intro. to Financial Accounting this summer. I just wanted a head start before the semester begins as I don't know anything about accounting. This book was very easy to read and comprehend and I actually finished it in just two days. If you have a whole day to spare, you can easily get through this in a day with extra time to spare!

What I liked about this book was that it makes a point or a statement and then re-emphasizes that point or statement many times until you get it. As a result, I did not get lost in this book. There were one or two points that didn't make a whole lot of sense but I scored a 90% on the end of book test. Accounting sounds pretty boring but this book really did make it seem somewhat interesting.

The writing is in big print and heavily spaced with color charts. I would say it is engaging and the chapters are short so you don't get frustrated. The book is definitely not intimidating like a textbook.

After reading the book, the accounting principles make sense to me and I can now understand why things are the way they are. If anything, the fact that I learned that the "Left side has to balance with the right side" has helped me to understand the purpose of financial accounting. Also for a basic book, I was surprised that the book talked about prepaid expenses. The prepaid expenses used as an example in this book will give you an understanding of the adjustment concept. This book also does get into FIFO and LIFO but again, it gives you the overall picture. FIFO and LIFO in a textbook is much more in depth.

This is by no means a full course in accounting. I flipped through my school textbook and there are things in there that you won't learn here. The purpose of this book is to give you the "Big picture." I think after reading this book you will be less intimidated by accounting and you will feel comfortable learning it.

The one part of the book that I wish they could change was that for certain charts, you have to constantly flip back to previous pages or chapters to get the information. That's a little too tedious and it's not like that in real-life.

I will try to update this review once I finish my class to let you know how much this book has ultimately helped me.

Overall:

I liked the book, I learned something, and I will recommend it.

I'll give the book four stars just because I think the authors could have thrown in some extra material in the book without making it much harder and the fact that you still have to flip back to complete some of the charts.

Other than that, the book is worth buying.

EDIT: July 7, 2011. It is now July and I have completed my Intro to Financial Accounting class. I am happy to report that I received an A in the class. I can honestly say that this book played a part in that because I was prepared for the class before it started. In my initial review I gave it four stars because I thought it was too basic. I'm going to change my review to five stars because I think it is probably better that way. If this book was harder, than you might get confused. I think this book keeps it simple but gives you the main ideas that you need to really understand. After reading this book, either take an accounting class or work through a textbook to understand all the other concepts.

*****I want to strictly emphasize that this book is a great introduction to FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING ONLY. Managerial accounting is totally different. This book has NOTHING to do with managerial accounting just in case you were wondering.*****

Overall, highly recommended.

EDIT: August 4, 2012. After taking Intermediate I and II, I can tell you that this book is in every sense of the word only a "basic" introduction to accounting. Once you get to Intermediate II where you are calculating leases, bonds, etc., you will begin to see how hard accounting really is. I still highly recommend this book but just be aware that accounting is not just simple debits and credits like you see in this book. Once you have to start calculating the debits and credits, that is actually real accounting --and it is not easy.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful


5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent introduction to accounting, April 26, 2009


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This book is a really good starting point for people who have no clue what accounting is. It clearly explains what the different accounting methods (accrual, cash) are and when and why they are needed/used. It also has plenty of examples for the three financial statements (Income Statement, Cash Flow, Balance Sheet). Most importantly, there is a brief explanation of the term "tax purposes". Whenever someone does something that is weird, they say it is for "tax purposes". This book has a very intuitive example of what it means.

Other topics covered are accounting for a service based company vs. company that has inventory, how to account for equipment (expense it vs. capitalize it), depreciating assets etc.

The book has blanks in it where we can fill up the transactions (inventory bought, products sold, profits made, loans made and repaid etc.). An even better way to follow along is to use an accounting software such as GnuCash to produce the financial statements and compare to the one in the book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone (including engineers like me, who never dreamed of reading an accounting book) who wants to get a basic and working knowledge of accounting.


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I never thought I would say "I kinda like accounting"!, July 8, 2011



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The premise used in this book for teaching basic accounting principles is incredibly creative. A lemonade stand! It reads like a story and that in itself makes it easier to follow than a text book. The authors keep it very simple starting out with a young boy wanting to sell lemonade. He has a few dollars (original investment), he borrows a few dollars from his parents (note payable), sets up an account at the local grocery store to buy lemons and sugar (accts payable), etc. Very clever. I am a little more than 1/2 way through the book and will review again when finished. I always told people that "I hated accounting". I am truly starting to change my mind. That could simply be because I can better understand it now and this book has made it possible. My goal is to go through this book and gain all of the basics then take an actual class. The only drawback so far and one that another reviewer mentioned is going back several pages to look up older info in order to fill in current reports. But that's really not too big of a deal. If you really don't "get it" (the basics) and want to, I highly recommend it.


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