Internet Sources for Electronics Books,
Standards, Manuals, Journals, and Magazines

This web site is being maintained by John R. Barnes, who was the President and Chief Engineer of dBi Corporation from 2002 to September 30, 2013, when we closed because ObamaCrap made it too expensive for us to remain in business.

John R. Barnes KS4GL, PE, NCE, NCT, ESDC Eng, ESDC Tech, PSE, Master EMC Design Engineer, SM IEEE
June 26, 2012
jrbarnes@iglou.com

Between maintaining the research libraries for my companies (dBi Corporation and Robust Electronic Design, Inc. (which I closed on December 7, 2010 because of ObamaCrap)) and my personal library, I spend several thousand dollars per year on electronics books, standards, manuals, journals, and magazines.

Many of the items I am looking for are out of print, making them very hard to find, and usually quite expensive when they are available. So I am always on the lookout for additional sources. This web page supplements Appendix P "Finding and Buying Standards" in my book Robust Electronic Design Reference Book, Volume II. If you know of additional sources, please E-mail me the information at jrbarnes@iglou.com so that I can add it to this web page. Each list begins with my preferred Internet sources, with other sources listed alphabetically.

If I have personally used a source, I show the:

Companies Selling Electronics Books

BetterWorldBooks 2 orders totalling 35 books, with 5-17 days delivery-- average 6 days.
Half.com 85 orders totalling 337 books, with 2-54 days delivery-- average 9 days.

ABEbooks 21 orders totalling 45 books, with 3-25 days delivery-- average 9 days.
AddAll (order from individual book sellers)
Alibris 25 orders totalling 82 books, with 4-37 days delivery-- average 11 days.
Amazon 34 orders totalling 77 books, with 2-36 days delivery-- average 9 days.
Barnes & Noble 7 orders totalling 11 books, with 4-26 days delivery-- average 14 days.
BestBookBuys (order from individual book sellers)
Biblio 2 orders totalling 3 books, with 6-19 days delivery-- average 11 days.
BookFinder (order from individual book sellers)
BookFinder4u (order from individual book sellers)
Books A Million 5 orders totalling 15 books, with 5-21 days delivery-- average 10 days.
Edward R. Hamilton 6 orders totalling 82 books, with 10-13 days delivery-- average 12 days. Shipping and handling is a fixed price, no matter how many books you order.
Fatbrain (merged with Barnes & Noble) 2 orders totalling 3 books, 2-14 days delivery-- average 7 days.
Half Price Books 1 order totalling 1 book, with 7 days delivery (I usually hit the book stores themselves).
Powell's 12 orders totalling 81 books, with 6-13 days delivery-- average 10 days.
Zubal 5 orders totalling 18 books, with 3-13 days delivery-- average 8 days.

#1 Engineering Books
A1books 1 order of 2 books, 9-11 days delivery-- average 10 days.
A1TechBooks 1 order of 1 book, 15 days delivery.
Adams & Adams 1 order of 1 book, 4 days delivery.
AkaBook
AllBookStores
AllDirect
AllDiscountBooks.net
AllTimeBooks
Alphabet Street 1 order totalling 2 books, 2-26 days delivery.
Amazon CA
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr
American Book Center
Antiqbook 1 order of 1 book, 3 days delivery.
Bargain Books 1 order of 1 book, 6 days delivery.
Bequaert Old Books 1 order of 11 books, 6 days delivery.
Bestprices.com
Biggerbooks.com 1 order of 1 book, 32 days delivery
Blackwells (US)
Blake's Books
Book Buddy1 order of 8 books, 16 days delivery.
Book Eddy
Book Miser 1 order of 1 book, 10 days delivery.
Bookbyte
BookCloseouts
BookDigger.com
Bookfellows 1 order of 1 book, 10 days delivery.
BookHQ
Bookpool
Books 'N Stuff 1 order totalling 1 book, 7 days delivery.
Books of India 1 order of 20 books, 20 days delivery.
Booksfree.com
BooksPrice.com
Bookworks 1 order of 1 book, 8 days delivery.
Brand Bookshop 2 orders of 3 books, 9 days delivery.
Bunches of Books 2 orders of 3 books, 2-8 days delivery.
Buy.com
Camelot Books 1 order of 1 book, 6 days delivery.
CampusI
Chambal.com
Chandler & Reed Rare Books 1 order of 16, 14 days delivery.
Chegg
Classbook 2 orders of 2 books, 7-9 days delivery-- average 8 days.
Compliance Club
Cornwall Discount Books
D A Information Services
DigitalGuru
Directtextbook
DiscountTextbooks.net
doublediscount.com 1 order of 3 books, 8-9 days delivery-- average 9 days.
Ebay 1 order of 1 book, 7 days delivery.
eBooks.com
ecampus.com 2 orders of 2 books, with 5-9 days delivery-- average 7 days.
Electrostatic.com
Engineer & Inventor
FetchBook.Info
gohastings.com
Half Price Computer Books 1 order of 1 book, 7 days delivery.
International Product Safety Bookshop
J. Hood, Booksellers 1 order of 1 book, 4 days delivery.
Johnson Technical Books 1 order of 5 books, 14-17 days delivery-- average 16 days.
KaSha
Kelly Boggs 1 order of 8 books, 9 days delivery.
Largie,com
Lawrence's Books 1 order of 9 books, 14 days delivery.
Martinton Book 1 order of 1 book, 10 days delivery.
MBS OPOE 1 order of 1 book, 9 days delivery.
Net Shopping Mall
No Garbage Books 1 order of 1 book, 12 days delivery.
Opamp Technical Books
Page 1 Books
Pengwyn Books 1 order of 6 books, 11 days delivery.
Perryman Books 1 order of 1 book, 12 days delivery.
Postpaid Books 2 orders of 8 books, 4-6 days delivery-- average 6 days.
Real Groovy
Silicon Valley Fine Books 1 order of 1 book, 1 day delivery.
Strandbooks.com 2 orders of 2 books, 10-16 days delivery-- average 13 days.
Surface Mount Technology Association 2 orders of 4 books, 4-7 days delivery-- average 5 days.
Superbookdeals 1 orders of 2 books, 10-16 days delivery-- average 13 days.
Technology Books and Computers on Sale
Terramedia Books 1 order of 3 books, 13 days delivery.
testprepdepot.com 1 order totalling 5 books, 9 days delivery.
TextbooksRus
TextbookX
Title Wave Books 1 order of 1 book, 3 days delivery.
TomFolio 1 order of 1 book, 6 days delivery.
Totalcampus.com 1 order of 1 books, 9 days delivery.
Used Book Central
Ventura Pacific 1 order of 7 books, 4 days delivery.
Walmart
Warrior Books 1 order of 1 book, 5 days delivery.
WebBooks 1 order of 5 books, 9-14 days delivery-- average 12 days.
WHSmith
Xerxes Books 1 order of 1 book, 3 days delivery.

Reference Book has links to many book sellers and web sites on a wide variety of topics.

Publishers of Electronics Books

Academic Press
Addison Wesley
Allied Radio Shack
American Radio Relay League
Artech House
Artsci
ASME 1 order of 1 book, 7 days delivery.
Butterworth-Heinemann
CALCE 1 order of 1 book, 4 days delivery.
Cambridge University Press
CQ Communications
CRC Pressm 1 order of 3 books, 3 days delivery.
Delmar Publishers
Electric Power Research Institute
Electro-Horizons Publications
Electrochemical Publications 1 order of 1 book, 17 days delivery.
Electronic Industries Association
emf-emi control
Elsevier
ERA Technology
ESD Association 7 orders totalling 43 books, 8-25 days delivery-- average 15 days.
Houghton Mifflin
Howard W. Sams & Co.
IEEE Press 7 orders totalling 21 books, 3-31 days delivery-- average 22 days.
Institution of Electrical Engineers
Interscience Publishers
John Wiley & Sons 1 order of 1 book, 30 days delivery.
M.I.T. Press
Macmillan
Marcel Dekker 1 order of 2 books, 10 days delivery.
McGraw-Hill
MFJ Enterprises
MFJ Publishing
NARTE 1 order of 4 books, 5 days delivery.
National Technical Information Service 1 order of 3 books, 11 days delivery.
Newnes 1 order totalling 1 book, 8 days delivery.
Nobel Publishing
Oxford University Press
Prentice Hall (published my first book).
Prompt Publications
Radio Shack
Radio Society of Great Britain
Research and Education Association
Research Studies Press
SciTech Publishing 1 order of 1 book, 5 days delivery.
Sequoia Publishing
SMT Plus 1 order of 1 book, 8 days delivery.
Speeding Edge 1 order of 1 book, 14 days delivery.
Springer
Springer-Verlag
TESLAco
Tiare Publications
UltraCAD Design 1 order of 1 book, 6 days delivery.

A Brief Introduction to Electronics Standards

In the United States, the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of residential, commercial, and industrial products/ equipment fall under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and Regulations. FCC Regulations are published under Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations (47 CFR). Most electronic products and electronic equipment fall under FCC Part 15 (47 CFR Part 15) for radio frequency devices. The September 21, 2004 version of FCC Part 15 may be downloaded as a .pdf file for free from the FCC web site. We sometimes also need to refer to FCC Part 1 (47 CFR Part 1), FCC Part 2 (47 CFR Part 2), or FCC Part 18 (47 CFR Part 18) in conjunction with FCC Part 15. We can download these for free from: Many United States safety standards are published by Underwriters Laboratories. Some of these are available from standards suppliers listed below. Other UL Standards are only available from Comm 2000. Some UL standards are bi-harmonized with the Canadian CSA Standards, so we may save money by buying the corresponding CSA Standards instead.

United States military standards (MIL-STD-xxx) are prepared by the Department of Defense. Many of these, along with military handbooks (MIL-HDBK-xxx) may be downloaded for free from DODSSP.

In Canada, EMC standards for residential, commercial, and industrial products/ equipment are published by Industry Canada. These standards may be downloaded for free from the Industry Canada web site.

Many Canadian safety standards are published by the Canadian Standards Association. Some of these may be available from the standards suppliers listed below, or they can be bought from ShopCSA.

Canadian military standards are prepared by the Department of National Defence. I am not aware of an Internet source for them.

In Europe, EMC, electromagnetic interference (EMI), electrostatic discharge (ESD) immunity, and safety of residential, commercial, and industrial products/ equipment all fall under the CE Mark. The easy way to prove that we can legally put the CE Mark on products or equipment is by self-certification, showing that the products/ equipment meets all of the applicable Harmonized Standards known as European Norms (EN's). If we design custom or low-volume products/ equipment, or our products/ equipment don't fall under any EN's in some area, we may need to submit a Technical Construction File to a Competent National Authority instead. EN's are harmonized under specific Directives adopted by the European Union. We may use an EN or its amendment once it has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) under a Directive. Once we reach the date of cessation of presumption of conformity of the superceded standard (DOCOPOCOSS, or date of withdrawal, DOW), we must use the EN or its amendment. When a new EN or amendment concerning our product/ equipment is published in the OJ, we may use either the current or the new EN/ amendment. After the DOCOPOCOSS, we must use the new EN/ amendment.

To find the Harmonized Standards under a Directive, search the OJ for the number of the Directive (see list below). Look for the most recent hit titled "Official Journal xxx" or something of that sort. Following that link, look in the table of contents for an item titled something like "Commission communication in the framework of the implementation of the Council directive <whatever>". Clicking on the page number will take us to a .pdf file with the list of Harmonized Standards under that Directive. Sometimes the EN's and their amendments are very hard to find. Look in the "Reference document" column. If it lists a CISPR, IEC, or other standard/ amendment, and doesn't say "(Modified)", then the EN standard/ amendment is identical to this other standard/ amendment, and we can use the reference document instead of the EN document. If the "Reference document" column says "(Modified)", there may be minor or major differences in the EN standard/ amendment. In this case only the EN document is legal for CE Marking.

Some Directives that apply to electronic products/ equipment for Europe are the:

European military standards may be prepared by individual nations or by NATO. For the United Kingdom (UK), miliary standards are created by the Ministry of Defence. Many of these standards may be downloaded for free from DSTAN.

In Australia and New Zealand, EMC and safety standards for residential, commercial, and industrial products/ equipment are published by Standards Australia. These standards are sold by SAI Global Limited.

In Japan, EMC for information technology equipment (ITE) falls under the voluntary VCCI standards published by the Voluntary Control Council for Interference by Information Technology Equipment. These standards may be downloaded for free from the VCCI web site.

Companies/Organizations Selling or Providing Electronics Standards

SAI Global 16 orders totalling 24 standards, 0-62 days delivery (most standards available by electronic download on the day of the order; a Polish standard was only available in hardcopy, and took over 2 months to arrive).
ILI (now part of SAI Global) 6 orders totalling 20 standards, 0 days delivery (electronic download, usually within 15 minutes of placing order).
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 25 orders totalling 63 standards, 0-1 days delivery-- average 0 days (electronic download, usually within 15 minutes of placing order).
Tech Street 15 orders totalling 33 standards, 0-175 days delivery (most standards are available for electronic download the same day as placing the order, 1 German standard was only available in hardcopy, and took almost 1/2 year to arrive).

British Standards Institution
BuyStandardsOnline.co.uk
Comm 2000
Danish Standards Association 1 order of 1 standard, 0 days delivery.
Dansk Standard
Document Center 2 orders of 2 standards, 0-10 days delivery-- average 5 days.
Europort 1 order of 5 standards, 8 days delivery.
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Web Store. 2 orders of 2 standards, 0-3 days delivery-- average 2 days.
IHS (was Global Engineering Documents) 3 orders totalling 3 standards, 0-5 days delivery-- average 2 days.
International Product Safety Bookshop
JSA Web Store
NASA Standards Database
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)- United States Code of Federal Regulations
NBN (Belgium standards)
Pike & Fischer
SEE Luxemburg
Standards Centre
Standards New Zealand
Swedish Standards Institute (SIS)
WorldwideStandards.com

Publishers of Electronics Standards

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) 1 standard ordered, 14 days delivery.
Australian Communications Authority
British Standards Institution
Canadian Standards Association
Consumer Electronics Association
Department of Defense
Deutsches Institut fur Normung (DIN)
Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA)
ESD Association 14 standards ordered, 9-13 days delivery.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) (download ETSI standards for free)
Federal Communications Commission
Industry Canada
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 3 orders totalling 3 standards, 0-5 days delivery.
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 2 standards ordered, 0-3 days delivery (some standards are available for electronic download, the same day as placing the order).
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Regulations Panel (German)
SIS Forlag (Swedish)
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Standards Australia 3 standards ordered, 0 day delivery (electronic download).
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 1 standard ordered, 0 day delivery.
Voluntary Control Council for Interference (VCCI)

Companies Selling Equipment Manuals

A. G. Tannenbaum's Homepage
AUDIO.Manuals.Online.com
BKManuals.com
Boat Anchor Manual Archive
Consolidated Surplus Test Equipment & Manuals
Ebay auctions
Electronic Equipment, Manuals, Components, Etc.
Electronics - Home Page
Equipment Manuals
Equipment Manuals
Equipment Manuals
Ham Radio Manuals
Technology Books and Computers on Sale
Manual Merchant
Manuals
manuals e esquemas
Manualsparadise.com
Manuals Plus
Military Equipment Manuals
Military/Info Publishing
Music Equipment Manuals and Documentation
Operating Manuals
OwnerIQ
MortableMedia.ManualsOnline.com
Raymond Sarrio Company
Service / Maintenance and Operator's Manuals
Surplus Sales of Nebraska
Technician's Filing Cabinet
Test Equipment
Test Equipment Manuals
Used Electronic Test Equipment, Manuals, and New Electronic Components
W7FG Vintage Manuals
WA2RQY Ham Radio Manuals
XE1BEF

Finding Back Issues of Electronics Journals and Magazines

When looking for a back issue of a magazine or journal that isn't too old, our best bet is to contact the publisher directly. Some publishers and organizations make an entire year's issues available on CDROM or microfiche.

Back Issue Magazines and Newspapers
Kelly Books Limited
Linda Tresham's House of Magazines
Million Magazines
www.Pastpaper.com

For fairly-popular magazines and journals, book sales sponsored by public libraries and Friends of the Library organizations are a good possibility. Book Sale Finder lists many of these sales in the United States and Canada.

Hamfests are another possibility for amateur-radio-related magazines. The ARRL web site lets us search for ARRL-sanctioned hamfests that will be held in our area, or somewhere that we will be visiting.

Some used book stores also sell used magazines. Almost all of the Half Price Books stores that I have been to have a used magazine section, usually back near the clearance books. On business and pleasure trips I like to check out used book stores along the route and at our destination. The Used Booklover's Guide to ____ guides, by David and Susan Siegel, are a very valuable resource for us bibliophiles. Unfortunately, many used book stores go out of business between the time that the Siegels' guide for an area is published and when I can get there. So if I have the time, I like to check an Internet phonebook to make sure that the book store still exists--at least when the most recent phonebook was compiled--before going way off my planned route. An E-mail or phone call to verify the store location and its hours would be even better...

Ebay auctions are another possibility. Search for the title of the magazine, and look through the auctions. Since most auctions last a week, we might want to do this search every week or so.


I would like to thank the following people for contributing to this web page:

Please send critiques, corrections, and/or additions to jrbarnes@iglou.com , or by snailmail to:
John Barnes
216 Hillsboro Ave
Lexington, KY 40511-2105


dBi Corporation was a one-man test house (testing laboratory) based in Lexington, Kentucky, testing a wide variety of commercial electronic products for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electromagnetic interference (EMI), and electrostatic discharge (ESD) under its ISO 17025 accreditation. dBi was founded in Winchester, Kentucky in 1995 by Donald R. Bush, shortly after he retired from 30 years service with IBM Lexington's/ Lexmark's EMC Lab. John R. Barnes, who'd worked with Don at IBM Lexington and Lexmark, bought dBi in 2002 after Don's death, and moved the company to Lexington, Kentucky. John closed dBi at 11:59pm EDT on September 30, 2013, because ObamaCrap had increased operating expenses to the point that we could no longer afford to remain in business.

We'd like to thank all of the clients who chose dBi to test their products from 1995 to 2013. Below is a brief summary of our accomplishments during the 18 years we were in business.

From 1995 to 2001, under Don Bush's ownership and operation, dBi:

From 2002 to 2013, under John Barnes' ownership and operation, dBi:

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Last revised June 26, 2012.