No worries. I've shared the feeling many times when letting the smoke out of some beloved piece of vintage gear, slicing into my fingers or getting solder splatter on good clothes (a particular favorite of my wife). They say pain is the best teacher, so I suspect many of us should be getting that honorary doctorate any day now. Joking aside, you have done an outstanding service to the EE community. Hopefully someone will be able to host your archive on-line soon.
>I was all done evenings and weekends- my wife was pretty annoyed by my dedication by the end of it.
What a project! The old books were useful in that notes and corrections could be added in the margins, such as the reversed leads on the 7905 in one edition, and the fix for a 78L05 problem that was found in the 79L05 section.
How would one go about getting a copy of your work?
TonyTib said: Many youngsters believe everything is on the Internet -- WRONG!
My experience is that half of what's on the Internet today will be gone within a year, leaving a long trail of dead links. Didn't there used to be something called All Programmable Planet? "The Cloud" is an excellent allusion to the ephemerality of Internet storage.
Check out Pete Millet's Tubebooks.org. Pete has done a similar preservation of tube-era electronics databooks along with a lot of other interesting vintage electronics materials.
By the way, "book trimmers" and heavy duty paper cutters (with paper clamps) are available that will shear hundreds of pages at a time. They aren't cheap, but I suspect they are cheaper than a trip to the emergency room.
Many youngsters believe everything is on the Internet -- WRONG!
For example, I managed to get some free Reliance Electric servo motors; try as I might (and my Google-fu is pretty high), I can't find any info on them. But in a dark, dusty corner of my company, I found an old Reliance Electric catalog. YES!
I only have a couple databooks I'd like to scan; besides the Reliance Electric one, I have my very fun 1986 Intel databook (with the iAPX432, bubble memory, intelligent text display controllers, and more). I used to have similar vintage Zilog databooks (with the Z80, Z8000, and the 32-bit Z80000 which I think never made it into production), but I don't think I have those anymore.