Complete Idiot's Guides
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The Complete Idiot's Guides is a product line of how-to and other reference books published by Dorling Kindersley (DK) that each seek to provide a basic understanding of a complex and popular topic. The term "idiot" is used as hyperbole in claiming ensured comprehension. The approach relies on explaining a topic via very basic terminology. Definitions of words, profiles of people, and a synopsis of events for context are also provided in many cases.
Alpha Books, publisher of the Complete Idiot's Guides, is a member of Penguin Group. It began as a division of Macmillan. Pearson Education acquired Macmillan General Reference from Simon & Schuster in 1999. Alpha moved from Pearson Education to Penguin Group in 2003. Alpha became part of sister company DK in 2012.
The line parallels the For Dummies books. The editorial offices for the two competing series are both located partially in Indianapolis.
- For Dummies, a similar series of books and movies
- "Dorling Kindersley relaunches Idiot's Guide series | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2017-12-23.