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David Ashton
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re: Analog guru leaves legacy in $85 text book
David Ashton   10/1/2011 6:20:16 AM
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Points taken, and I'm sure for those who can afford the $85, this will be a good purchase. LT ANs are always good, and as you point out having an index is very valuable to find quickly what you want.

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ReneCardenas   10/1/2011 4:14:52 AM
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Thanks for the link and great reviews, that encoraged my to get my own copy.

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Winfield Hill   9/10/2011 8:41:37 PM
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I have just received my copy of Jim and Bob's new book, and am delighted with it. The book appears to be a detailed exposition of engineering topics we all struggle with on a regular basis. It's true that the book made from LTC app notes, but the editors have carefully selected specific notes and placed them in a logical order so that it reads like a textbook, chapter by chapter (the chapter-to-app-note # correspondence is detailed in a publisher's note at the beginning). Many authors are represented, not just Williams and Dobkin. The book is layed out in a larger format than the LTC app notes, and holds more per page (it has 932 pages). Furthermore, the publisher has used original copies of the drawings and photos, when laying out and resetting the pages, so the printing quality is top-notch and easy to read. A 16-page four-column index at the end is a nice touch, guiding you to the various places concepts and specific ICs are discussed. For example, looking up inductors, cores with gaps, sends me to page 106, where six pages of detailed inductor-transformer design theory and math is mixed with practical selection and construction advice - an entire course on the subject. Quick, which app note would you go to to find that information? My advice is, grab a copy. Recommended.

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_hm   9/5/2011 12:56:02 PM
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Like Analog Device, why not LT purchase ownership of this book and distribute PDF version free to all EEs? This may be way for LT to honour Jim's contribution.

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yalanand   9/5/2011 10:10:04 AM
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@David, I totally agree with you. I think $85 is on higher side. I think they should reduce the price so that all the engineering students can afford that book.

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Mxv   9/3/2011 1:44:51 AM
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Sorry, but I find the marketing of this book so close to his death distasteful. Even if Jim was working on this book before he passed, the profits should go to his heirs and/or charity and the book should be sold at or near cost in order to "benefit society". I hope Newnes considers putting this book in the public domain quickly after recovering their costs. I still have Jim's earlier book, so I'll pass on this one. RIP, Jim.

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K1200LT Rider   9/2/2011 8:44:24 PM
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Isn't Newnes the ones who have the "Know-It_All" series of books? I bought one, and it seems just a little bit expensive for something that is just a repackaging of pieces (chapters) from other existing books which they also sell. Smart marketing on their part since that book may trigger the sale of another book or two. That's all fine, but any book that is pretty much just a recompilation of pre-existing text/data shouldn't be priced quite that high.

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David Ashton   9/1/2011 8:34:33 PM
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Bill, can you then confirm whether this is just a collection of ANs or whether there is something more? @Bob...Even if the book is "just" a collection of ANs, it will still be very useful and valuable, but as pointed out above, how many people are going to pay $85 for it when you can download the app notes free? Just yesterday a friend was going to chuck out a National Semi Linear Apps book from 1986...I grabbed it....I might even have paid $5 or $10 for it in a 2nd hand store...but $85...no. And I seem to remember that NS sent me their 2003 Linear Apps book free...

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oreyc   9/1/2011 8:00:10 PM
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In my years as an electronics student, I used textbooks as the required first step but App Notes where the real deal, I learned so much from them!!! In the 70´S App Notes from Motorla, Analog Devices, National Semi and similar companies where jewels to me, so textbooks are important, but App Notes are a must!!!

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BicycleBill   8/31/2011 9:29:03 PM
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Don't misunderstand what is happening here: Jim was working on this book long before he passed away--he and I spoke about it a few times while he was putting it together. It's actually great news that the work he put into it will not go to waste, and his passion for engineering, design, and especially "analog" will be "captured" and passed along.

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