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There are differences of course; Barbara Cartland probably isn't much cop at CP/M for one, and not many of Ian Sinclair's characters gaze lovingly into their disc drives and swoon. Usually, Ian Sinclair's books are a model of clarity, among the best for beginners.
This book is aimed specifically at PCW owners, which is what separates it from other WordStar tutorials. WordStar is famed for using obscure command keys, but on the PCW the range of extra keys on the keyboard allows you to use them instead.
It has to be said that this is one of Sinclair's less distinguished books. He doesn't seem quite sure who the reader is: most PCW owners who haven't used WordStar before (ie. who will buy a tutorial book) will have used LocoScript for a while, and therefore will know the basics of how to use the machine. The first page of the book tells you how to plug the three parts of your PCW together (which assumes a total novice), and by page 1 3 you are deep into altering the margins in rulers and configuring your printer options (which assumes a large previous experience of wordprocessing).
There is not a single screen shot in the entire book, which is criminal - you can't compare the book examples with what you see on your screen. No mention is made of NewWord. the WordStar workalike which has outsold WordStar on the PCWs. NewWord is almost identical to WordStar but has several important differences - there should have at least been an appendix.
The MicroPro WordStar manual is generally one of the better examples of technical writing to be found. To be honest, you would be better off reading that, together with the PCW-specific addendum that your dealer will inevitably give you when you buy WordStar.