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Technology continues to change at a rapid rate. It seems as if every few months there is something new on the market, whether it’s a desktop, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone. That is why college courses based on computers and technology also have to adapt to this constantly changing market. In addition, the professors who teach these courses must keep up with technology so that they can educate their students on its concepts as effectively as possible.

There are a number of computer textbooks that are filled with excellent material that is easy to comprehend but is also very comprehensive. According to Top10textbooks.com, the following college textbooks are considered the top 10 books on computers and technology in general. Notice that all of these books were published in the last few years to reflect the ever-changing tech world. Other books that are only a few years old may be considered out of date already:

1) C++ How to Program (Eighth Edition) by Paul Deitel and Harvey Deitel (2011 – Prentice Hall)

2) Computer Networks (Fifth Edition) by Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall (2010 – Prentice Hall)

3) Operating System Concepts: Update (Eighth Edition) by Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, and Peter B. Galvin (2011 – John Wiley and Sons, Inc.)

4) Network+ Guide to Networks (Networking (Course Technology)) (Fifth Edition) by Tamara Dean (2009 – Course Technology)

5) Discovering Computers 2011: Complete (Complete Edition) by Gary B. Shelly and Misty E. Vermaat (2010 – Course Technology)

6) Microsoft Office 2010: Introductory (First Edition) by Gary B. Shelly and Misty E. Vermaat (2010 – Course Technology)

7) Data and Computer Communications (Ninth Edition) by William Stallings (2010 – Prentice Hall)

8) Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (Fifth Edition) by James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross (2009 – Addison Wesley)

9) Fundamentals of Database Systems (Sixth Edition) by Ramez Elmasri, and Shamkant Navathe (2010 – Addison Wesley)

10) Java How to Program (Ninth Edition) by Paul Deitel and Harvey Deitel (2011 – Prentice Hall)

Most of these books are utilized in advanced computer classes. For instance, if you are a computer science or computer information major in college, you would be much more likely to use these books than a student who is a chemistry major but is taking a basic computer course to fulfill some sort of general education credit.

If you need one of these textbooks for your computer class, be sure to search for each of these books by title on Textbooks.org. You’ll be able to compare prices on each of them from several different online textbook sources. Or you can always look for them at your campus bookstore or an off-campus outlet in town.