Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is concise. Its goal is to explain the essentials of day-to-day Ubuntu administration in a fuss-free manner. Due to the limited size of the pocket book format, at times it can be a whistle-stop tour of Ubuntu features. However, topics are always fully explained, and often I linger over details to provide a lasting reference.
There are certainly more comprehensive Ubuntu books around. I recommend Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition, written by Jaime Sicam and myself. It's published by Apress (June 2008; ISBN 9781590599914) and provides a complete guide to Ubuntu.
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