The articles on the Help file in RootsMagic can be printed. You could print your own book with more detail than the RM book will provide
If you have a pdf printer program, like CutePDFwriter, on your computer, you can even print Help articles to a pdf file.
Within RM, if you are needing help for a particular screen, you can press F1 and bring up the Help article for that screen and navigate the Help file as needed.
Or, you can open RM and, then, open the Help file and use Windows to put the Windows side by side.
I haven't bought a book since RM 1 and don't remember using it very much. RM Help is much more useful since it is on the monitor. I don't have to go back and forth between the computer screen and a book which distracts me from what I am doing.
You could buy a RootsMagic 7 book if that is available in the UK. Except for some new features, the basics which will be covered in the book haven't changed or changed very little.
Check the shipping at this site. This company is the distributor for RM in the UK so I am assuming the shipping cost is for shipment within the UK.http://www.rootsmagic.co.uk/order/