ARRL has announced plans to significantly increase the availability of its publications as e-books. At the same time, the League introduced six more ARRL titles in the popular Amazon Kindle format.
“I’m very pleased that members and readers will find more and more ARRL books available in the reading format they prefer,” ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, said. “This effort underscores our strategy of delivering quality content on the media platforms preferred by members — including print and digital publishing.”
Inderbitzen said Kindle devices frequently rank highest in preference among e-book readers, and Kindle apps make it possible to use the format on most mobile devices and tablets, including Android and Apple iOS devices.
“ARRL isn’t new to digital publishing,” ARRL Publication Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY, pointed out. Ford oversees staff and contributors responsible for content creation, editing, and publishing. “In 2012, QST, was introduced to all members in a digital format. Other books, such as technical proceedings assembled by ARRL for annual conferences, are published digitally and made available to readers on a print-on-demand basis.
The newest titles available in Kindle format include Understanding Basic Electronics, ARRL’s Small Antennas for Small Spaces, Get on the Air with HF Digital, Your First Amateur Radio HF Station, Radios to Go!, and the ARES Field Resource Manual. Earlier this year, ARRL released two titles in Kindle format: Propagation and Radio Science by Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ, and Oscilloscopes for Radio Amateurs by Paul Danzer, N1II.
All ARRL license manuals are available in Kindle format. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual has been identified by Amazon as a #1 Best Seller.
“ARRL’s place in digital publishing also means introducing Amateur Radio to more of the world,” Inderbitzen said. “When someone searches for or buys an e-book about radio electronics, microcontrollers, or some other related interest, we want their search to lead them to Amateur Radio and ARRL.”
Added Ford, “As the largest publisher of Amateur Radio books, we’ve made great strides in developing a digital publishing competency that will ensure ARRL is an enduring source of content on the art and science of radio—and in the format you prefer; quickly, easily, and no matter where you are.”