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  1. I was at the local used bookstore today checking out the slim pickings
    on the shelf of electronics books. I came across one, "Surface-mount
    Devices Trouble Shooting and Repair" by David L. Heiserman, ISBN 0-13-
    877952-X, Prentice Hall. I 'bout passed out from sticker shock when I
    opened up the cover and saw that they had it listed for $65.00. Whoa!

    I'll have to do a search and see what other places offer it for. It's
    just a thin little book, too.


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    Don't be ripped off by the big book dealers. Go to the URL
    that will give you a choice and save you money(up to half).
    http://www.everybookstore.com You'll be glad you did!
    Just when you thought you had all this figured out, the gov't
    changed it: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
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  2. He's not writing for TAB anymore?

    Prentice Hall is hardly making books for the hobbyist, though by
    author and your comment about size it almost seems like this is a hobby
    book. I suspect the used book store is pricing based on that publisher,
    rather than inherent worth. They probably see it as a text book, and
    text books tend to carry higher used prices, again not necessarily
    a reflection of actual value.

    I was at a used book sale put on by one local university back in
    October. They had a Burr-Brown book on op-amps from thirty years ago.
    I was mildly interested, since I can remember when it came out and
    I had wanted a copy then. But they were pricing text books at ten dollars
    (only coffee table books had higher prices), and the book wasn't worth
    it to me. Or anyone else either, since I went back for the last half hour
    of the two day sale, and it was still there. I offered a smaller amount,
    and they said they could sell it next year. So they had to pack it away
    and hope someone buys it next year.

    A lot of technical books do have shocking prices these days. And when
    they hit the used market, some times a high price is still valid. But
    they need to be careful, because the high price will only be paid if
    someone find the book valuable enough. And for a lot of technical books
    I see on the used market, they aren't worth a high price.

    On the other hand, I have found, at another of the local university
    used book sales, some interesting books precisely because they've
    been in the under five dollar price range. I don't have that much
    interest in the inner workings of cellphones, but I was glad to buy
    that book on the topic for two dollars. And likely it sold for
    close to a hundred originally.

    Michael
     
  3. J. Yazel

    J. Yazel Guest

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    Have you tried your library?
     
  4. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    Good technical books are expensive. I typically pay a few hundred dollars
    for my reference books. The authors spend most of their lives to write
    these books, and the information contained is complex to begin with. Many
    of the engineers who purchase these books are making good money from the
    information within. It is fair game to allow the authors to have a fair
    share for books and publications. These types of books don't sell as well as
    novels for the same amount of investment for publication and distribution.

    I think the pricing is fair...

    Try to look for a used one.

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    I was at the local used bookstore today checking out the slim pickings
    on the shelf of electronics books. I came across one, "Surface-mount
    Devices Trouble Shooting and Repair" by David L. Heiserman, ISBN 0-13-
    877952-X, Prentice Hall. I 'bout passed out from sticker shock when I
    opened up the cover and saw that they had it listed for $65.00. Whoa!

    I'll have to do a search and see what other places offer it for. It's
    just a thin little book, too.


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    ###Got a Question about ELECTRONICS? Check HERE First:###
    http://users.pandora.be/educypedia/electronics/databank.htm
    My email address is whitelisted. *All* email sent to it
    goes directly to the trash unless you add NOSPAM in the
    Subject: line with other stuff. alondra101 <at> hotmail.com
    Don't be ripped off by the big book dealers. Go to the URL
    that will give you a choice and save you money(up to half).
    http://www.everybookstore.com You'll be glad you did!
    Just when you thought you had all this figured out, the gov't
    changed it: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
    @@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@@
     
  5. When it comes to electronics books, the pickings are even slimmer in
    the local library shelves. Seems that there is less interest in hobby
    electronics, so the libraries look at the circulation statistics and
    see that certain books are not being checked out, so the books go bye-
    bye. Shame that younger folk find books less appealing than video
    games. I went to Blockbuster and there are no books or magazines on
    their shelves. The only store that I can think of that offer both is
    Borders. Luckily there's a Borders in the local mall.

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    ###Got a Question about ELECTRONICS? Check HERE First:###
    http://users.pandora.be/educypedia/electronics/databank.htm
    My email address is whitelisted. *All* email sent to it
    goes directly to the trash unless you add NOSPAM in the
    Subject: line with other stuff. alondra101 <at> hotmail.com
    Don't be ripped off by the big book dealers. Go to the URL
    that will give you a choice and save you money(up to half).
    http://www.everybookstore.com You'll be glad you did!
    Just when you thought you had all this figured out, the gov't
    changed it: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
    @@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@@
     
  6. Er, if you read the original post above, this **was** a used one!

    I have no qualms about paying the author his fair share, but that
    applies only to new books. Once they go to a used bookstore, that
    doesn't apply any more. Don't you agree?

    And one other point. This is a SMD repair book, not a technical book
    with academic stuff in it.

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    ###Got a Question about ELECTRONICS? Check HERE First:###
    http://users.pandora.be/educypedia/electronics/databank.htm
    My email address is whitelisted. *All* email sent to it
    goes directly to the trash unless you add NOSPAM in the
    Subject: line with other stuff. alondra101 <at> hotmail.com
    Don't be ripped off by the big book dealers. Go to the URL
    that will give you a choice and save you money(up to half).
    http://www.everybookstore.com You'll be glad you did!
    Just when you thought you had all this figured out, the gov't
    changed it: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
    @@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@@
     
  7. I should rub the used bookstore seller's nose in that. Selling a used
    book for more than it's offered by the publisher... Shame.



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    ###Got a Question about ELECTRONICS? Check HERE First:###
    http://users.pandora.be/educypedia/electronics/databank.htm
    My email address is whitelisted. *All* email sent to it
    goes directly to the trash unless you add NOSPAM in the
    Subject: line with other stuff. alondra101 <at> hotmail.com
    Don't be ripped off by the big book dealers. Go to the URL
    that will give you a choice and save you money(up to half).
    http://www.everybookstore.com You'll be glad you did!
    Just when you thought you had all this figured out, the gov't
    changed it: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
    @@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@@
     
  8. Michael

    Michael Guest

    And that even those who do manage to tear themselves away from MP3
    players and video candy can tell you, with a straight face, that Java
    and C++ are the only viable development tools. My nephew, now a comp.
    sci. graduate, took my advice and signed up for every machine language
    course offered. He learned the value and satisfaction of writing small,
    tight code but JEEZ! did he gripe about the "torture" of completing the
    term project, a 2-pass assembler, in one course.
    While my Barnes & Noble is no great shakes re: elec. tech. books &
    mags., it does have some of both.
     
  9. What does a hummer, or any car for that matter, have to do with it?
    You buy neither a new car nor a used car for its informational value.


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    ###Got a Question about ELECTRONICS? Check HERE First:###
    http://users.pandora.be/educypedia/electronics/databank.htm
    My email address is whitelisted. *All* email sent to it
    goes directly to the trash unless you add NOSPAM in the
    Subject: line with other stuff. alondra101 <at> hotmail.com
    Don't be ripped off by the big book dealers. Go to the URL
    that will give you a choice and save you money(up to half).
    http://www.everybookstore.com You'll be glad you did!
    Just when you thought you had all this figured out, the gov't
    changed it: http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html
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  10. Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor Guest

    A hummer informs me that the owner is a wanker.

    Ken
     
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