Alaa, thanks for answering for me - saves me extra typing!
H. Hall - per your questions :
"How does your book complement the docs that come with the ide?"
It significantly expands on them and adds a lot more detail, particularly in areas where I've used NetBeans on real projects and thought it would help to elaborate on the features.
"is the book written for the NB novice or is it also good for someone transitioning from earlier NB versions?"
I've gotten email comments from NetBeans newbies who found it easy to use, as well as NetBeans gurus who liked the tips and features I pointed out that even they weren't familiar with.