Technical Book Publishers Information
Technical book publishers provide include full-length manuals, textbooks, schematics, scientific reports, industry standards, and instructional publications. An author or group of authors gathers information about a particular topic or subject and arranges the information into chapters and sections. Often, illustrations such as charts, graphs and diagrams are used to present data and depict ideas. Traditionally, technical books were printed, bound and distributed through a publisher’s representatives or at bookstores. Today, many technical books are available digitally and electronically. Typically, these technical publications are available via Internet downloads, compact discs (CD) or digital video disks (DVD), and as digital books (eBooks, e-books), and audio files.
Technical books may be divided into several categories. Manuals and user guides are designed to provide instruction about a system, technology, hardware or software application, or machine. User’s guides are produced by technical writers in conjunction with subject matter experts (SMEs) such as machine designers, software programmers, and program or product managers. Textbooks are instructional materials about an academic field or discipline. Typically, textbooks are used in conjunction with science and engineering courses at the high school, college, university, or graduate school level. Schematics are diagrams that use standard symbols to represent the elements or structure of a mechanical or electrical system. They are often used in repair manuals and other technical books to describe chemical processes, machine repairs, and electronic circuits.
Technical books include publications such as scientific reports, industry standards, and instructional publications. Scientific reports are written by scientists and designed to present detailed findings about scientific research. These technical books include an abstract and introduction, test methods and results, and supporting materials such as figures and tables. Industry standards are published by professional associations or trade organizations and often represent the work of a research committee. Groups that publish industry standards include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (AME).
Although many technical books are available in print form, some publications are designed for digital usage. For example, digital books (eBooks, e-books) can be read from a computer monitor, laptop, or eBook reader. Self-extracting publications require a Web browser and require hypertext markup language (HTML) or extensible markup language (XML) technologies. HTML viewer publications do not require a Web browser. Internet Explorer based technical publications are similar to HTML Viewer publications; however, these online technical books have their own browser.