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GPS devices have significantly increased in popularity over the last few years. They are no longer a luxury item and for many vehicles, GPS comes standard. GPS devices can be found on boats, cars, and golf carts, prompting businesses to implement them into their logistics. Companies have started to use GPS fleet tracking software in their transportation vehicles to cut down on costs and to increase productivity. Similarly, some companies have also started using facility maintenance software programs to run things more efficiently.

You can find GPS Books, how to use your GPS at sea and on land, and GPS book reviews below. Pick the book that's right for you at a discount price.

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GPS for Mariners by Robert J. Sweet
GPS for Mariners summarizes essential global positioning system concepts, explains the buttons, screens, and menus of your GPS receiver, and answers all your questions. Filled with helpful illustrations and hands-on examples, this complete and practical guide shows you how to:
  • Become an informed GPS buyer and user
  • Connect GPS to your computer, autopilot, and radar
  • Navigate with GPS using waypoints and routes
  • Use an electronic chartplotter or navigation software to plan and monitor your course
  • Utilize the many functions in your GPS to safely and enjoyably reach your destination whether under sail or power
  • Enhance your receiver's performance with WAAS, DGPS, and proper antenna placement
  • Master advanced techniques
  • GPS for Everyone: How the Global Positioning System Can Work for You by L. Casey Larijani
    Reviewer: Barney P. Popkin from Vallejo, California
    GPS for Everyone is a compelling, exciting and informative read for professional resource and infrastructure mappers, monitors and managers, as well as for lay readers. After her insightful and helpful book on Virtual Reality, Larijani again engages us with an accurate, clear, timely guide to a high-tech topic. She takes us on a delightful historical and practical journey, using everyday words and amusing sketches, and covers the practical applications in spades. She answers the questions (1) What is GPS? (2) How does it work? (3) What can it do? (4) What can't it yet do? And (5) What's being done to turn (4) into (3)? Once opened, it's a hard book to close until finished!
    Book Description
    For a generation, the Basic Essentials series has been as much a part of the outdoors experience as backpacks and hiking boots. Information-packed tools for the novice or handy references for the veteran, these volumes distill years of knowledge into affordable and portable books. Whether you're planning a trip or thumbing for facts in the field, Basic Essentials books tell you what you need to know. Using the Basic Essentials GPS you can discover how to leave an electronic trail to find your way back, store the coordinate addresses of important locations, use your GPS receiver in conjunction with a map and compass or navigate the GPS market and find the receiver that suits you best.
    Gps Made Easy: Using Global Positioning Systems in the Outdoors by Lawrence Letham
    Reviewer: donald hyatt from New Orleans, Louisiana
    This book is intended for a particular audience, and I think it meets the needs of that audience rather well. Frankly, if you do not have a working knowledge of basic land navigation prior to buying this book, and before buying a GPS for that matter, much of the book will not make much sense. At the same time, if what you are looking for is a detailed account of the technical side of GPS operations and use, this book won't provide what you want. What is covered well in this book is combining the use of GPS with a map for safe and accurate navigation.
    Using GPS: GPS Simplified for Outdoor Adventurers by Bruce Grubbs
    Reviewer: geoffbeneze from Tempe, Arizona
    As a TechnoDroid, I'm rather disappointed with this book. However, one must realize that it's now approaching four years old, so the technology of hand held GPS receivers has advanced significantly since the book was written. Battery life, continuous use of receivers and accuracy all are out dated when viewed in light of currently marketed GPS receivers. In particular, accuracy data are completely out of synch with my real life experience with various GPS units.
    However, other than the time lag aspects, the book is reasonably complete and is well written, albeit, from my point of view, the data is more suited to a non-technical (i.e. beginner) GPS user. For those who deal with technical issues, or who have done any study on the GPS system, the book is rather rudimentary.
    All About GPS: Sherlock Holmes' Guide to the Global Positioning System by Jerry Huang
    Reviewer: Gerald Petrey from Tucson, Arizona
    This is a great, short introduction to GPS which is easy to read and understand and yet covers the essentials of GPS operation in a fun and interesting way. The author discusses a lot of scientific history and discoveries along the way to make it even more than just a GPS book. It should be inspiring to anyone with an interest in science and technology. The Sherlock Holmes story adds to the flavor of the book. As another brillant detective (and reviewer) deduced, the author's native language is not English and thus they are many grammatical errors but this does not take away much from the technical value of this book. As a GPS navigation systems engineer, I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in how GPS really works.
    Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System by Ahmed El-Rabbany
    Reviewer: Chuck Fralick from Diamondhead, Mississippi
    If you are a geodesy expert looking for a mathematical treatment of GPS theory, look elsewhere (there are several good books). If you are looking for a good collegiate-level descriptive text, this is a great choice. Clear, concise, and with all the latest info including WAAS, RTK, and similar topics. Reviewed for content by Dr. Dave Wells and written by an expert in the field, this is a super reference.
    Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map and Compass by William S. Kals
    An expert navigator combines his map-and-compass skills with a special concern for the needs of the wilderness wanderer to create this comprehensive primer for the beginning pathfinder and the veteran woodsman. Includes a specially-prepared 5-color fold-out topographic map and 70 drawings and photos.
    Reviewer: Jude E. Sanchez Jr. from Las Pinas City, Philippines
    The book discusses in detail every technique that you need to know to become a very good land navigator. It explains very simply and clearly the different types of maps and compasses. Teaching the novice or expert basic and advance navigational techniques which are both simple and practical. So far this is the best book that I have read with regards to land navigation.
    GPS Navigation Guide by Jack W. Peters
    Book Description
    Your complete resource for outback navigation. Learn how to use your GPS with map, compass, computer, PDA and radio tracking. A fun, non-technical way to learn naviagation skills inspired by outdoor adventure ranging from Geocaching, search & rescue and off-road racing. Includes 142 photos and graphics and a special wrap around cover spiral spine. Also includes a Topo Companion map ruler, a $5.99 value.
    Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & Gps by Bob Burns, et al
    Reviewer: A reader from Kirksville, Missouri
    I have been teaching orienteering for seven years, and this book is everything I could ask for in an introductory text. There are more advanced books, it is true, but this book is reasonably priced, highly readable, and complete enough for the beginning through intermediate adventurer.
    Understanding Gps: Principles and Applications (Artech House Telecommunications Library) by Elliott D. Kaplan (Editor)
    Editorial Reviews
    From Book News, Inc.
    A reference and text developed from a course for engineers and scientists on the Geographical Positioning System, presented in Boston in November 1993. Synthesizes the otherwise scattered technical information on the system, beginning with an approach accessible to readers with only a general science background, and progressing through increasingly sophisticated mathematical and technical aspects. A final chapter for sales and marketing personnel covers markets and applications of products and services based on satellite navigation.

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