The programming language R is a standard for statisticians. And it is free software which runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.
The book isÂ colorfulÂ and ludic which is a good idea for a “Beginner’s Guide”. The layout is attractive, there are many detailed examples. I like the pedagogy: the author wants you to learn by doing. However, the book is poor as a reference: the coverage is limited despite the 300 pages and the chapter summaries are strictly non-technical.
Overall this is a good book for people with no programming background who just want to use R to load data, do ANOVA tests and simple models. They will find step-by-step instructions down to the installation of the software, complete with screenshots of every step. This could be a good book for scientists or business people who want to try R as a substitute for Excel.
Disclosure: I got a free copy of the e-book from the publisher with the expectation that I would publish a review.