[sdiy] out of print cookbooks

Tim Stinchcombe tim102 at tstinchcombe.freeserve.co.uk
Fri Sep 28 21:51:43 CEST 2007

Hi Derek,

> But now that we're on the topic, can anyone who owns "Audio IC Op Amp 
> Applications", the "Op Amp Cookbook" and the "Op Amp Applications 
> Handbook" tell me how much crossover there is between them?

A few years back I wondered this myself, so I emailed Walter Jung directly
and asked him:

>I already have 2 copies of your 'IC Op Amp Cookbook', a new 3rd 
>edition, and second-hand 1st edition, and my question relates to this: 
>is the title 'Unique IC Op Amp Applications' literally a word-for-word 
>copy of the equivalent section in the 1st 'Cookbook' edition, or is 
>there any additional material in there?

...and here is (part of) his reply:

>          Your suspicion about the content of the "Unique IC Op Amp 
> Applications" is essential correct. This book (and the audio 
> counterpart) was created literally by plucking out one chapter from 
> the 1st 'Cookbook', and renumbering pages, figures, etc. It was never 
> very popular however, and didn't survive to a later edition. Ironic 
> maybe, since OTAs etc. are still going strong, even in 2006!

The 1st edition of the 'IC Op Amp Cookbook' thus has two chapters:

Chp 6, 'Audio Circuits', about 90 pages, and
Chp 8, 'Unique Op Amp Devices', about 110 pages

which thus apparently became books in their own right. Little, if any, of
this material appears in the 3rd edition, i.e. the one still 'in print' (my
copy is nothing more than a glorified photocopy, which is probably why it
has gotten some bad press - excuse the pun!), and was one of the reasons I
tracked down a second-hand copy of the 1st edn. Chp 8 contains stuff on
OTAs, CDAs, and other programable-type op amps, and as suggested by other
respondents, these books in general are biased toward the theoretical end,
rather than being able to slap it all onto a PCB and have a working circuit.
(And I have absolutely no idea how the 2nd edition might stack up against
either the 1st or 3rd!)

Hoping that might help in someway,

Tim Stinchcombe 

Cheltenham, Glos, UK
email: tim102 at tstinchcombe.freeserve.co.uk

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