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Learning resources ( textbooks) for Electronics self learning and DIYers

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To know the “why” and “how” to design .

After the cookbook stage the interest in doing your own design increases depending on a person's interest. However that would need a level of theory to understand tradeoff’s and design principles. After plodding through a number of std textbooks for electronics its evident that a collection is needed to learn concepts to do DIY design "of your own" from first principles for analog design and to build circuits that work as per design .. Needless to add that build experience is most valuable. There is some basic theory needed so that you can apply and take a informed decision. Its essential that some reading is needed as each one of us learn in our own way when we assimilate information. Even with some well known online website's you would still need to fill in the gaps to understanding why is it this way ?

Typically there are basic electronics and specialized dedicated audio references. The focus of this post is more on the generic /foundational/basic electronics

For Vacuum tube/Valves one would need to refer to classics mentioned or 1e or 2e. for std electronics books Boylestad and Nashelsky which are now in 10e . Many of there authors replaced the tubes with BJTs and other content over time.

Its also advisable to check if the legal Indian print is available as the cost is significantly lower. However most of Indian print publications may not come with the associated textbook CD and very unlikely to be in color print.

Before you jump in....

Most textbooks follow conventional current flow direction and some follow electron flow. This does not make a difference to understand the concepts.

Starters ...

Indian print (7e) of Introductory Electronic Devices and Circuits(Conventional Flow) by Robert T. Paynter.The author is very detailed and does not skip any details.This can be a first resource for anyone starting out.

Indian print (4e or 5e) and Electronic Devices and Circuits(Conventional Flow) by David Bell

3e / India reprint/Vikas Publication -Electronic Circuits .- Fundamentals & Applications Paperback – by Mike Tooley is concise

India print ver.Solid State Electronics by Van Valkenburg ,Nooger and Neville
 
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These are also classics .
India print ver. Electronic Principles (6e or 7e) by Albert Malvino and David Bates

India print ver. Grob' S Basic Electronics (10e) by Mitchel Schultz ( this uses electron flow)
 
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Also once having little basics check once passdiy site articles .. for each of his circuits he gave very detailed explanation on hows and whys about it's operation .. also articles in rod Elliott's audio site ..
 

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Also once having little basics check once passdiy site articles .. for each of his circuits he gave very detailed explanation on hows and whys about it's operation .. also articles in rod Elliott's audio site ..
Yes .At this time I have not mentioned these other websites as they need "bridging" info to understandPass,ESP projects. Yes ESP is possibly the best out there starting with Basics and moving to projects.
 
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