Ebooks for model engineers

Camden Miniature Steam has introduced a series of ebooks to make available some of its out of print books. They tell us:

“We have been considering this for some time, but were always put off by the fact that ebooks don't deal very well with illustrations and technical drawings. However the Digital books offered here are completely different, with layouts staying the same, and illustrations and technical drawings showing up well.

“Digital books of this type involve a download to your computer, tablet or mobile phone, so are NOT suited to Kindles or similar ebook readers.

“If you order one of these books, you will be able to download a 'Zip File', which will need to be decompressed - this may happen automatically, but if not, double-click on the icon, and in a few seconds a decompressed folder will appear. This has a number of folders inside it, and on computers and tablets we would recommend you open the folder called 'html' and click on '1.html' which should open the book with a control panel at the bottom where you can change pages, magnify and so on. For viewing on mobile phones, we would recommend opening the folder 'pages'; inside this is another folder 'mobile', which we suggest you use.

“When you order a digital book, once the order has been placed an on-screen acknowledgement will appear which will enable you to immediately download the zip-file. You will also receive a standard 'Camden' order acknowledgement by email, and a second email which will confirm the download link.

“We have tested these files on Mac computers, PCs, android tablets, iBooks, android phones and iPhones, and whilst the way some of these deal with the files differ, it has always been easy to open the book following the on-screen instructions, when they appear.”

More details here.

Understanding Dimensions and Tolerances

We have heard from Geoffrey Johnson about a new book. He tells us: “I gave the lecture on Understanding Dimensions and Tolerances to around sixty SMEE members at Marshall House in London on 5th April 2014. It was an interactive session where there was a score-card to mark. Despite the members all being experienced engineers, out of a total of 70 marks the highest reached was 48 and the lowest 8. Afterwards, I had to answer many questions from the members, most of which centred on whether there was a book available about it. I replied I knew no such book.

“ I’m pleased to say that my book ‘Understanding Dimensions and Tolerances’ is now available as an eBook from the Amazon Bookshop, and its ASIN is B01MA338YW I am planning on issuing a printed version of the book soon. The work would be ideal for those of your readers who intend to issue drawings of their work to other engineers.”

Wagons ho!

We recently mentioned that Doug Hewson had a new book coming out. We now have some advanced details: