If you are truly a beginner at scrapbooking then this is a really great book. It is packed with tons of information. Everything you need to know to get started and then some... When you first start scrapbooking it can be intimidating with all the lingo and products. After you read this book you'll know exactly what you need and exactly what everyone else is talking about!
A great resource, albeit a bit dated. That just adds to the charm of seeing how much scrapbooking has advanced. I would recommend reading it all the way through. I let it sit on the shelf as a reference book for almost a year, but it really offers more than an occasional thumb through allows and if you do what I did at first, you'll miss out.