Read the Book “Compute’s First Book of Atari” (2-3 Hours)

Task: Read the Book “Compute’s First Book of Atari”

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Time: 2-3 hours


The first three books I owned were “Your Atari Computer“, “Atari BASIC“, and “Compute’s First Book of Atari”. The third book is a compilation of Atari articles that appeared in Compute! magazine prior to 1981. The first two chapters include articles about your Atari computer such as input and output and BASIC programming. Chapter 3 includes articles on Atari graphics covering topics such as color and player-missile graphics. Chapter 4 covers programming hints while Chapter 5 covers applications. The book ends with a chapter on peripherals such as the 810 disk drive.

Compute's First Book of Atari
Compute’s First Book of Atari


You can readily find physical copies of the book on eBay for $10 to $50. These are pretty common, and I would not pay more than $30 for it unless it is new.

You can find a PDF to read on


This is a must have for any Atari 8-bit computer enthusiast or collector.

The book has a spiral binding to make it easy to lay flat for copying programs. The downside of this is that it does not look very nice on a bookshelf.

There are a number of other books in this series as indicated by the title “First Book”. I will post about some of the others a later time as I reread them.