I was asked to do a side by side comparrison of the books. I have to say I really like the Dummies Series. I did the U.S. History. My son is a history buff so we will be using these a lot. I will be posting pictures. For your reference it will always be Dummies on the left or top and Idiot’s on the right or bottom. That way you can see side by side.
I opened up the books you have the Contents at a glance section and then a bigger break down of the contents. The Compelte Idiot’s guide is clean and clear. The Dummies is a bit overwheleming.
I then compared the actual text. All had the same material. Though I found the Dummies version more inviting to read. The Idiot’s guide is more text book and lengthy. I do like that the Idiots guide had clear placing of important information boxes. I do however wish they had used real pictures along with the cartoons like the Dummies Series. I only saw picture in the Idiot’s guide when a new part began.
I do like that the Dummies guide had special reminder for things that were important. For In Their Words, Remember, It Started here ect. I was able to remember connections between things by these symbols.The Complete Idiots Guide didn’t do this. You can see that in the above pictures.
I also like they included an appendix and broke some imporatant things down like the admendments. My son enjoyed reading that.The index was also clearer in the Dummies guide dot bold letter dot clicked that hey a new letter started here. In the idiots guide the Bold did not stick out as much and then underlined. My eyes at time did not catch the new letter starting. My son agreed.
Both great books and had the same material for the most part. I just really liked the litle extras that The Dummies Guides put in. I do wish both had printed on the bottom like novels the name of the book through out. Not even every page but at least some pages. I know if you are needing some understanding on a subject of your choice both would do the job.