For those of you who aspire to write a book (or even a stapled or “saddle-stitched” booklet) on electronics, the task can be made easier by self-publishing (if you have some language and page layout skills) through print-on-demand companies such as www.thebookpatch.com. The Book Patch and www.blurb.com even handle ordering for you so that you need only submit your PDF manuscript (observing some constraints required for book binding, such as the number of pages being divisible by 2 or 6). The Book Patch charges $25 or $50 US for ISBN book numbers and at Blurb, they are free. With printing technology that now allows small print runs at low cost, and with printing companies that also carry out order fulfillment, the role of the traditional publisher is being reduced to that of page layout and editing for the grammar-deficient writer, and marketing through the established book distribution wholesalers. Indeed, traditional book publishing might be headed the way of the blacksmith, though with the general American trend toward poorer language skills, it might be a long while before it becomes obsolete.
Dennis Feucht has his own laboratory, Innovatia, on a jungle hilltop in Belize, where he performs electronics research, technical writing, and helps others with product development. He has written a four-volume book-set on analog circuit design, has completed a book on transistor amplifier design and is working on a book on power electronics.
This article first appeared on EE Times' Planet Analog website.
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