Cisco Systems, Inc., through its tie-up with Pearson media Publications publishes Cisco Certification books through its arm Cisco Press. These books are the best help that you can use in your favor to clear the Cisco certification exams at all three levels, namely Associate, Professional, and Expert.
Cisco Press publishes a setoff books that form a library for your Cisco certification exams preparations. Details of some of these boxed set of books is provided below.
Cisco CCNA #640-507 Preparation Library (boxed set) – It forms a complete package for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification exam which is the first rung of the ladder in Cisco Career Certification. It comprises three books, namely Internetworking Technologies Handbook (2nd Edition), Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND), and Cisco CCNA Exam #640-507 Certification Guide.
These books contain everything that is important from the point of view of the CCNA certification exam. The first book helps you understand internetworking fundamentals and implement contemporary networking technologies. It enables you to master networking devices, technologies, concepts and the important relevant terms that are used in this all-important reference book.
The second book in the package is devised as a training course on ICND, which is recommended for CCNA study by Cisco Systems. It enables you to learn how to configure LAN and WAN interfaces for the commonly used routed and routing protocols to build a multirouter, multigroup internetwork. The ICND book is full of examples of such configuration.
The third book in the boxed set is the Certification Guide for the CCNA Exam #640-507. It provides comprehensive coverage of the exam topics. This ensures that you do not miss out on any of the topics that you need to study further. The book is not meant to be an aid to memory. It rather helps you to gain mastery over the networking technology of the exam topics.
The certification guide can be used as a self-study package. It also features a CD on which you can find practice questions, exercises, and examples.
The complete boxed set of books having the designation 1-58705-003-8 sets you down by about $120. In case you just want to buy the CCNA Certification Guide designated with the code 0-7357-0971-8, you can buy it for about $59.95
Another such boxed set is available from Cisco Press in case you want to choose the Design path to become an Associate-level executive in Network Design involving Cisco networking equipment and technologies. It is known as the CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) Preparation Library Boxed Set with the designation 1-58705-004-8 and robs your pocket of $120. The box contains three books, namely Internetworking Technologies Handbook (ITH) (2nd Edition), Designing Cisco Networks (DCN), and the CCDA Certification Guide.
The boxed set format from Cisco Press of Cisco certification books not only to provide you a complete comprehensive package of self-study material, but proves to be cheaper. This is because buying books separately will be rather expensive.